Al Pacino & Joe Pesci Considering ‘The Irishman’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 12th, 2013 at 10:16 am,

Famous Hollywood thespians Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are both looking into joining The Irishman, a potential two-film project that will mark the ninth collaboration between legendary actor-director duo Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese.

Oscar-winner Steve Zaillian is scripting The Irishman, which is an adaptation of Charles Brandt’s novel I Heard You Paint Houses.  The book chronicles the exploits of Mafia hit man Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a man who claims to have been responsible for the death of several famous mobsters.

The first Irishman movie would deal with the real-life narrative of the book in a straightforward manner, while the second pic will be a self-reflexive work – one De Niro previously compared to Federico Fellini films like 8 1/2 and La Dolce Vita – that revolves around a director and actor whose experiences working together mirror those of De Niro and Scorsese.

The Irishman would be the fourth project that De Niro, Pesci, and Scorsese have worked on together, after Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Casino; it would also be the third movie to star both De Niro and Pacino, after Heat and Righteous Kill; and the first to feature all four of the well-renowned artists together.

De Niro and Scorsese’s new joint effort sounded intriguing from the beginning and the possible addition of Pacino and Pesci would be icing on the cake, so to speak.  A whole generation of cinemaphiles and moviegoers alike grew up watching gangster films that involved these individuals and the notion that The Irishman could bring all four of them together will leave a number of fans quivering in their boots.

Scorsese is currently at work on Hugo Cabret and his name is associated with too many upcoming projects to keep track of – if Pacino and Pesci join De Niro as the stars of his new mob movie, look for The Irishman to happen sooner than later.

We will keep you posted on the status of The Irishman as more news comes in.

Source: Deadline

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  1. This could be epic.

    • Throw in Harvey Keitel, James Caan, & Jack Nicholson & the cast of the Sopranos (in supporting roles) & youve got the expendables for Gangster Flicks!

  2. Ultra mega epic…!!


    • hell no :)he’s not EVEN in thier league

      • DiCaprio?! Geez.

  4. Sounds like an AMAZING reunion!!
    Throw in: Ray Liotta (god knows he needs a good movie nowadays), maybe Johnny Depp (Donnie Brasco). I know a lot of people have animosity towards DiCaprio, but I think he’s an excellent actor.

  5. OMG I AGREE THROW IN DICAPRIO!!! If this is done I may squeal like a little school girl at the sight of a trailer. This would be that serious for me.

    and the reason many don’t give DiCaprio his due is because of his youthful looks. He’s always looked (at least to me) a lot younger than he really is and for some people that takes away from the character he’s trying to portray. I honestly think that’s why the damned academy hasn’t given him his Oscar yet.

    • or, it could be he isnt as good as everyone thinks…hmmm?

      • I’m with you, Anthony. He can learn to tone it down a little. He always has to be super intense with everything, even in Inception when he was around his kids. Even then he couldn’t stop furrowing those eyebrows. Good actor, just way overrated.

  6. Decaprio is a great actor. His performance in the departed was so good. He really did a great job in that movie.

  7. “It would also be the third movie to star both De Niro and Pacino, after Heat and Righteous Kill.”

    Now, I know they didn’t have any scenes together but they also starred in Godfather Part II.

    • Nice catch and absolutely true!

  8. Why what a unique idea! Put these guys in a movie about mobsters, Wow!

  9. Sounds like the gangster movie to end all gangster movies.

  10. I agree add in Ray Liotta, I mean he MUST be desperate for a job if he’s willing to star in Hannah Montana -.-

  11. Actually it is cause dicaprio is that good. If anyone truly believes he’s not a good actor then I have to question your definition of a good actor.

    • see the ABOVE two mentioned stars in the article, as well as DeNiro

  12. Leonardo Dicaprio would make an excellent addition to an already exceptional cast.

    Leo has really come of age as an actor and has more than proved his worth as an fine artist and true thespian.

    I would see this movie in a flash.

  13. umm CHRISTOPHER WALKEN hellooo,more cowbell please!!

  14. Frank Sheeran was 6’4″. De Niro is like 5’4″.
    Can’t they find some one more suitable. This is a great book.
    I’m tired looking at the same old geezers in the same old movie’s. Scorsese so predictable. Give someone else a shot at it.

  15. I read the book and would love to see it become a movie!

  16. DiNaro is great but does not match the size and look of Frank Sharon. I think Liam Neeson??

    • No kidding Di Nero doesn’t look like Sheeran. Forget the size difference Sheeran was Irish Di Nero is Italian. I can’t wait to see how they plan on making this guido look Irish.

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