Silence may be golden, but over three hours of it, even with Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese at the helm, might be met with deafening silence from moviegoers.
Even though neither a trailer has been released nor has Paramount Pictures locked in a fall release date, the run-time for Silence has been revealed. According to Variety reporter Kris Tapley, Silence will clock in at 3 hours and 15 minutes (195 minutes).
With exception to the 2011 documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World (3 hours and 28 minutes), Silence is Scorsese's longest film. 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street had held the record at 3 hours, and before that, 1995's Casino was the champ with a run-time of 2 hours and 58 minutes. However, Gangs of New York would own the record if Harvey Weinstein hadn't forced Scorsese to trim an hour off of the film's original 3 hours and 36 minutes cut.
Either way, more of Scorsese has to be a good thing, right? Well, many not in this case. Silence is a passion project of Scorsese, having worked on it, off-and-on, for over 20 years. The drama is about two Jesuit priests in the seventeenth century facing violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity. Not exactly the subject matter that lends itself to Scorsese's trademark violence, dark humor, and profanity that have made films like Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), Casino, and The Departed (2006) instant-classics with mainstream audiences.
The cast features Andrew Garfield as Father Sebastião Rodrigues, Adam Driver as Father Francisco Garrpe, Liam Neeson as Father Cristóvão Ferreira, Tadanobu Asano as an interpreter for the priests, Ciarán Hinds as Father Valignano, Shinya Tsukamoto as Mokichi, Yōsuke Kubozuka as Kichijiro, and Issey Ogata as Inoue.
The film is directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Jay Cocks, based on the Shūsaku Endō 1966 novel of the same name. It's produced by Scorsese, Emma Tillinger-Koskoff, Gaston Pavlovich, Irwin Winkler, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Barbara De Fina, and Randall Emmett.
Silence is expected in theaters this fall.