Paramount Pictures announced today that it, in association with Fabrica de Cine and Ai Films, will open Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated latest feature film, Silence, in limited release on December 23. Silence will then receive a wide release in January 2017.
Scorsese, who worked closely with Fabrica de Cine’s Gaston Pavlovich on the making of the film, wrote the screenplay with Jay Cocks (Gangs of New York), based on the book Silence by Shusaku Endo.
The film is produced by Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff (The Wolf of Wall Street), along with Randall Emmett (Lone Survivor), Barbara Defina (Goodfellas), Vittorio Cecchi Gori (Il Postino), Irwin Winkler (Creed).
Producer Gaston Pavlovich’s company Fabrica de Cine also provided the lead financing for Silence, alongside Executive Producer Dale A. Brown of Sharpsword Films.
Silence stars Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Social Network), Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Girls), Liam Neeson (Taken), Tadanobu Asano (Thor), Issey Ogata (The Sun), Ciaran Hinds (Bleed For This), Yosuke Kubozuka (Go), and Yoshi Oida (The Pillow Book).
The December 23 release date will see Silence opening opposite another Liam Neeson film. Juan Antonio Bayona’s A Monster Calls is set for a limited release that same day. Also starring Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, and Sigourney Weaver, A Monster Calls gets a wide release on January 6, 2017.
The December release also has Silence arriving just two days after Sony Pictures‘s sci-fi drama Passengers, 20th Century Fox‘s video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed and Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s animated musical Sing. Opening on a limited release December 12 is Peter Berg’s true Boston Marathon bombing tale Patriot’s Day and Pedro Almodóvar’s latest, Julieta. Two days later, on December 25, we’re also getting Gold (starring Matthew McConaughey) and the 20th Century Fox comedy Why Him? (starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston).