It looks like we have got a bit of a Goodfellas/Casino reunion on our hands as Joe Pesci has decided to join Martin Scorsese’s new movie The Irishman. Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are already attached to star. Pesci (who hasn’t worked consistently since Leathal Weapon 4 in 1998) was also joined by Harvey Keitel (who has worked with Scorsese and De Niro on several occasions including Mean Streets and Taxi Driver) and Bobby Cannavale (who worked with Scorsese on his failed TV show Vinyl).
The Irishman is based on a true story with some inspiration from the True Crime novel I Heard You Paint Houses. It will detail the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) and the mobs supposed involvement in his disappearance.
I think this is a big deal. This is the first collaboration between Al Pacino and Martin Scorsese and could possibly the final one between De Niro, Pesci and Scorsese. This may be the last hurrah for De Niro and Pacino who have made some disappointing choices over the last decade and both are at the tail end of their respective careers. A return to some of the mob roles that made them famous will be welcome. The film is expected to use some de-aging technology that has been notably used on Robert Downey Jr. and Michael Douglas in Marvel films as well as some others.
Netflix has acquired The Irishman meaning that this Scorsese movie will be available for streaming on the platform as a Netflix original. Netflix was the only company willing to supply the large budget after Scorsese’s last movie Silence was a huge failure at the box office.
Are you excited for The Irishman? What’s your favorite Scorsese film?