The Silence: Netflix Release Date, Plot, Cast & Trailer

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April is going to be a great month of Originals on Netflix. A late announcement to the string of titles arriving is The Silence. Starring Netflix favorite Kiernan Shipka, there will be many fans excited to see her perform on once again. With release imminent here’s everything we know on The Silence including the plot, cast, trailer, and Netflix release date.

The Silence is an Upcoming Netflix Original horror film based on the 2015 novel of the same by Tim Lebbon. The novel was adapted for a screenplay by Carey and Shane Van Dyke with John E. Leonetti in the director’s seat. Principal Photography for the film began in September 2017 but with the release of A Quiet Place, many have been quick to compare the two titles.

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What is the plot of The Silence?

The official synopsis given by Netflix is the following:

When the world is under attack from terrifying creatures who hunt their human prey by sound, 16-year old Ally Andrews (Kiernan Shipka), who lost her hearing at 13, and her family seek refuge in a remote haven. But they discover a sinister cult who are eager to exploit Ally’s heightened senses.

Who is in the cast of The Silence?

Role Actor/Actress Where have I seen/heard them before?
Ally Andrews Kiernan Shipka Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Mad Men, Carriers
Mr. Andrews Stanley Tucci Big Night, Spotlight, Captain America: The First Avenger
Mrs. Andrews Miranda Otto The Lord of the Rings, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Thin Red Line
Jude Andrews Kyle Breitkopf Parental Guidance, The Whispers, Wonder
The Reverend Billy MacLellan Bellevue, The Expanse, Star Trek: Discovery
Rob Dempsey Bryk Marky Kills People, Black Mirror, V-Wars
TBA John Corbett My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Northern Exposure, The Messengers


What is the run time of The Silence?

The run time has yet to be confirmed but we believe The Silence will have an estimated run time of 80-90 Minutes.

What is the rating for The Silence?

The Silence has been confirmed to have a PG-13 rating. So for a horror film, certainly not as frightening as what you would expect.

Photos of The Silence

Is the portrayal of Deaf people accurate in The Silence?

Lead actress Kiernan Shipka in preparation for her role learned American Sign Language. Director of The Silence John R. Leonetti in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter had the following to say about Shipka’s dedication to the role:

She learned to sign for the film, and now she’s flawless like she’s been signing her entire life. She seems to have an almost innate sense of what it’s like being a deaf person.

The casting of Kiernan Shipka by Leonetti has been publicly criticized by members of the deaf community. How profile deaf celebrities such as Nyle DiMarco and Marlee Matlin have been very vocal on the matter. Criticism wasn’t aimed at the actress herself, but Leonetti’s description of Kiernan Shipka to learning sign language as a way of knowing the culturally Deaf experience. In particular, they feel they have been misrepresented due to the fact an actress than can hear has been cast in Deaf role.

Online Reaction to The Silence

Many have already compared the upcoming to that of 2018s A Quiet Place.

With the premise of each film distinctly similar hopefully, The Silence will stand out and not be seen as A Quiet Place copycat. Fans of the novel will argue this as well. Considering the novel of which The Silence is based on came out in 2015, fans will be arguing that A Quiet Place is a copycat…

Netflix Trailer for The Silence

After watching the trailer the film has certainly piqued our interest. But considering how good A Quiet Place is, The Silence can’t help but be compared to it thanks to the premises of the films being so similar. We shall reserve our judgment for when The Silence has been released.

The Silence Netflix Release Date

The Netflix Film will arrive to select regions across the globe on Wednesday the 12th of April. It has been confirmed that The Silence won’t be arriving in Germany until May 16th, 2019.

Is The Silence coming to Netflix US?

Yes! Netflix US will also receive The Silence.

Are you looking forward to the release of The Silence? Let us know in the comments below!

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