Watch the First Trailer for Martin Scorsese's 'Silence'

The religious period drama stars Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield.

The first trailer for Martin Scorsese's much-anticipated religious period drama Silence dropped on Tuesday. 

The film, starring Liam Neeson, Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield, is set in 17th century Japan and follows two Jesuits priests in search of their mentor, who has lost his faith. Silence is based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Japanese author Shusaku Endo. 

Silence will have its premiere in the Vatican with several hundred Jesuits and Scorsese in attendance, although it is not known whether Pope Francis, himself a Jesuit, will be there. The film is set to bow in theaters Dec. 23.