Ho. Lee. Crap. I’ve been hearing on and off about the project The Irishman for years. At one point, I thought it was all some kind of filmy pipe dream, a “wouldn’t it be cool if” kind of scenario that would never happen. Well, it’s happening. Finally. Martin Scorsese is to begin shooting his latest film, and his return to the gangster genre, The Irishman this August for a 2019 release.
The film, based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, follows the career deadly career of Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran who was allegedly involved in the death of Jimmy Hoffa. DeNiro is to play Sheeran and Hoffa will be played by Pacino. Apparently, the Goodfellas actor will be de-aged digitally to make him look 30 years younger. Given the recent work on Kurt Russell for Guardians Vol. 2 I feel like this could work, although I’m still a little cautious.
If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, the two heavyweights are to be joined by Scorsese veteran, Joe Pesci who is actually coming out of retirement for this. Harvey Keitel and Bobby Cannavale will also be joining the cast.
The Irishman is to debut on Netflix, of all places, following distribution disputes among rights holders. Now that that’s settle we can get this bloody, violent, swear-filled show on the road.
Good lord. What a time to be alive.