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Martin Scorsese Teases Gangster Drama Film ‘THE IRISHMAN’

May 12, 2017

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Martin Scorsese is prepping for his next film, a Netflix gangster drama titled THE IRISHMAN, starring Robert De Niro. The film marks the ninth collaboration between the director and actor.

De Niro will play Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a mob hitman who’s rumored to be involved in the deaths of President Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa.

Scorsese told The Independent:

“I think this is different, I think it is. I admit that there are– you know GODFELLAS and CASINO have a certain style that I created for them– it’s on the page in the script actually. Putting GODFELLAS together was almost like an afterthought, at times I was kind of rushing, I felt I’d already done it because I’d played it all out in terms of the camera moves and the editing and that sort of thing. The style of the picture, the cuts, the freeze-framed, all of this was planned way in advance, but here it’s a little different. 

The people are also older in THE IRISHMAN, it’s certainly more about looking back, a retrospective so to speak of a man’s life and the choices that he’s had to make.”

The Irishman is an adaption of Charles Brandt’s 2003 book “I Heard You Paint Houses” about Sheeran’s career as a hitman. Steve Zaillian adapted.

De Niro will be made to look 30 again (think like Brad Pitt in Benjamin Button), by the effects masters at VFX company Industrial Light & Magic.

De Niro will be joined alongside Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Bobby Cannavale and Harvey Keitel.

Production is set to begin in August for a released in 2019.

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