‘The Irishman’ Trailer: Scorsese Directs De Niro, Pacino, Pesci & More in Netflix Gangster Epic


Whoa! Netflix has a big one here.

The first trailer has arrived for The Irishman, a gangster epic that brings together a number of cinema heavyweights. Martin Scorsese directs a cast that includes Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel, among many others. The screenplay comes from Oscar winner Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, Gangs of New York, Moneyball), adapting Charles Brandt’s true-crime book I Heard You Paint Houses.

The film tells the true story of Franke Sheeran (De Niro), a hitman, hustler, labor union official that had connections with the mob. He admitted to 25 kills and expressed his involvement in the disappearance of James Riddle Hoffa (Pacino), the former President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union.

This film reportedly cost around $US160 million to make. A big chunk of the money comes down the visual effects; de-ageing the leads as the film takes place over decades. Netflix no doubt has big hopes for this one, and they’ve lined up a limited theatrical release for the film later this year to make it eligible for the Oscars. Yeah, this thing can’t arrive soon enough.

Still no official release date announced for The Irishman, which will also be starring Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Stephen Graham, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Jack Huston, Kathrine Narducci, Jesse Plemons, Domenick Lombardozzi, Paul Herman, Gary Basaraba, and Marin Ireland.

Official synopsis for The Irishman:

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.


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