Scorsese's The Irishman Gets First Trailer: Here’s Everything We Know So Far
Set to be the next big project for Martin Scorsese, Mob movie icons Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci are reuniting for more cinematic gangsterism in upcoming film The Irishman, and it's coming to Netflix this year.
Here's everything we know so far
As Netflix announced on Twitter, The Irishman will hit the streaming service from 27 November. With that release date, it’s clear that Netflix feels confident about the new flick, which will air in the thick of Oscar season. Clearly, even despite having won an Oscar for Roma, Netflix aren’t satisfied and are gunning for another award.
The streaming release will be preceded by a limited cinematic run starting on November 1, however it seems Netflix encountered difficulty in securing a wide-release in theatres. Even after the announcement, it’s unsure just how many picture houses the film will actually screen in and as Variety reports, the theatrical release might just be smaller than initially expected.
According to Esquire, The Netflix original will be – at USD 175 million – Scorsese’s most expensive project ever, largely thanks to the visual effects needed to make the veteran cast looks 30 years younger at various points in the film.
Alongside Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, Sebastian Maniscalco will play legendary crime boss "Crazy" Joe Gallo in the buzzed-about movie.
Speaking to Joe Rogan on his podcast, Maniscalco revealed that The Irishman is set to premiere on Netflix in October 2019.
“I didn’t sleep for the first week leading up to the (first) scene, because I knew it would be with De Niro and Pesci," Maniscalco said.
"When I went in there, I told myself that I’m not speaking to nobody. I’m gonna speak when I’m spoken to. There was a part when they were lighting De Niro and I, we’re standing face to face, and I’m looking straight at him.
"I wasn’t gonna say nothing. And then he comes in on my tie and tightens it a little bit. He straightened out my tie!”
Scorsese spoke earlier in the year about how, even though he's made mob movies before, this one is different.
He told the Independent: "This is different, I think it is. I admit that there are - you know, Goodfellas and Casino have a certain style that I created for them - it's on the page in the script actually.
"Putting Goodfellas 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-frames, all of this was planned way in advance, but here it's a little different."
Irishman is reportedly based on I Heard You Paint Houses, a true crime book about the exploits of mob hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, played by De Niro.
Written by Charles Brandt, the book follows how Sheeran allegedly on his deathbed committed the unsolved murder of American Teamster union leader Jimmy Hoffa.
Read an excerpt from the book's plot below:
"Sheeran learned to kill in the U.S. Army, where he saw an astonishing 411 days of active combat duty in Italy during World War II. After returning home he became a hustler and hit man, working for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino.
"Eventually he would rise to a position of such prominence that in a RICO suit then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani would name him as one of only two non-Italians on a list of 26 top mob figures.
"When ordered to kill his friend Hoffa, he did the deed, knowing that if he had refused he would have been killed himself. Sheeran's important and fascinating story includes new information on other famous murders, and provides rare insight to a chapter in American history."
The first images for Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese's Netflix collabo film The Irishman are here, and it looks a lot like the much-trailed CGI de-ageing process has worked untold miracles on Goodfellas co-stars De Niro and Joe Pesci.
We don’t see much about the forthcoming crime drama in the minute-long trailer, but it does confirm a number of things including the impressive cast and release date.
Check it out below.