It’s been a long, long time coming. The Irishman is directed by Martin Scorsese and is his first film since 2016’s passion project, Silence. He is working from a screenplay by Steve Zaillian, who previously collaborated with Scorsese on Gangs of New York. But likely grabbing your attention more is the knowledge that Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro haven’t collaborated on a film since Casino. The pair will finally be reunited in The Irishman. And what’s more, they’re bringing Al Pacino along too. As if you needed extra reasons to get excited for this long-anticipated reunion that also includes Joe Pesci, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, and more.
Here’s everything you need to know…
The Irishman Trailer
The new trailer gives us a good look at how much time-jumping we will see in The Irishman. The film will go as far back as to when Robert De Niro’s Frank Sheeran was 24-years-old and in the military all the way to his old age. Study the de-aging technology with your own eyes.
The first trailer for Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman is finally here!
The Irishman Release Date
The Irishman is scheduled to premiere on Netflix on Wednesday, Nov. 27, by way of a limited theatrical release (to make it viable in the Oscar race,) starting on Friday, Nov. 1.
However, the movie will make its debut at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 27.
The Irishman Cast
The film stars Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran, the hitman who claims to have whacked Jimmy Hoffa, while Al Pacino will play Hoffa himself. This will be Al Pacino’s first Scorsese movie ever.
The film also stars Joe Pesci as Russell Bufalino, the head of the Bufalino Crime family who allegedly ordered the hit on Hoffa. The film also includes more Scorsese favorites like Harvey Keitel as Angelo Bruno, a crime boss who operated out of Philadelphia who was called the “Gentle Don” and the “Docile Don” because he apparently favored conciliation over violence in a departure from his predecessors and contemporaries.
Frequent Pacino collaborator Bobby Cannavale, who also starred in Scorsese’s television project Vinyl, will play Joseph N. Gallo, the consigliere of the Gambino Crime family. Ray Raymano, also a star of Vinyl, meanwhile plays Bill Bufalino. Anna Paquin (True Blood, The Piano) will play literal family to Frank Sheeran in the role of Peggy Sheeran. Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire, Public Enemies), Jack Huston (American Hustle, Ben-Hur), and Jesse Plemons (The Post, Hostiles) round out the cast. Rapper Action Bronson also has a role.
The Irishman Story and Background
Here’s the official synopsis:
“Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.”
The Irishman is based on Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran and the Inside Story of the Mafia, the Teamsters, and the Final Ride by Jimmy Hoffa, a non-fiction book based on Frank Sheeran’s near-death confession to Brandt. Claiming to have been the hitman who personally punched teamster Jimmy Hoffa’s ticket in 1975 when the famous labor union leader vanished without a trace, Sheeran’s story obviously drew attention. Hoffa’s disappearance remains a great mystery. Sheeran was a WWII vet who played a nebulous role in northeast union politics and was linked before his death to the Bufalino Crime family.
As per Brandt, Sheeran took Hoffa into a house and ended his life. The movie will dramatize this with De Niro as Frank Sheeran.
The film itself was originally set-up at Paramount Pictures, but the studio lost interest in releasing the massively, nine-figure budgeted crime film. (The expense was apparently due to CGI used to de-age the actors so they could play their characters across decades.) Paramount had originally entered in a deal with Mexican financier Fábrica de Cine to produce the picture, but due apparently to the climbing budget (and the fear of a limited audience for adult-oriented crime films), Paramount put the movie in turnaround. Netflix offered to buy the film for $105 million, which in part covers the film’s $125 million budget.
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