Yesterday the first image from Martin Scorsese‘s Silence, which recently wrapped and will presumably open at year’s end via Paramount, was posted by Entertainment Weekly. The film is based on Shūsaku Endō‘s 1966 novel, which is set in 17th Century Japan and concerns the religious persecution of a Jesuit missionary (Andrew Garfield). Pic costars Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano and Ciaran Hinds. Per usual custom pic has presumably been assembled as Scorsese has shot over the last few months. He now has the entire summer and early fall to fine-tune, CG-finesse, lay on the score and whatnot. It shouldn’t be a huge deal to have it ready by October or November.

Andrew Garfield, Shin’ya Tsukamoto in Martin Scorsese’s Silence.

Andrew Garfield, Martin Scorsese during Taiwan press conference to announce end of filming of Silence. Note: The scraggly beard-growth thing doesn’t work when you’re Scorsese’s age — you have to either be clean-shaven or do a full smoothie beard.