Joe Pesci and Martin Scorsese are reuniting at last, on the director’s next film. When it comes to A-list Hollywood directors, few command as much respect as Scorsese. Primarily known for his crime dramas, Scorsese has proven himself capable of directing just about any genre, and has managed to keep his career going strong for over four decades. Simply put, when Martin Scorsese makes a film, everyone immediately sits up and takes notice. Only a handful of filmmakers can say that.
Scorsese’s latest project is The Irishman, Scorsese’s first ever effort for Netflix. The Irishman drew immediate attention for more than just Scorsese’s involvement though, as the film not only concerns the director’s specialty of organized crime, but also marks his first feature collaboration with star Robert De Niro since 1995’s Casino. While DiCaprio might have been Scorsese’s muse most recently, De Niro was the original, starring in classics like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas.
As if De Niro and Scorsese working together again wasn’t enough of a treat for longtime fans of the director, today brings news of even more Scorsese veterans signing up – or, rather, entering talks – to populate the cast of The Irishman. According to Deadline, Pesci is officially onboard – after he reportedly declined to participate multiple times – and will also potentially be joined by Harvey Keitel and Bobby Canavale, star of Scorsese’s short-lived HBO drama Vinyl.
The semi-retired Pesci – whose last live-action film appearance to date was back in 2010 – hasn’t worked with Scorsese since Casino either, but also played memorable supporting roles in both Goodfellas and Raging Bull. This will continue Pesci’s streak of only appearing in a Scorsese film that also stars De Niro. Keitel was a staple of Scorsese’s 70s films, and last worked with Scorsese on 1988’s The Last Temptation of Christ.
In addition to all of the above actors – both confirmed and in talks – one shouldn’t forget that The Irishman also stars Al Pacino, who will be collaborating with Scorsese for the first time ever. It’ll also be only Pacino and De Niro’s third movie together after 2008’s Righteous Kill and their brief but amazing interaction in Heat. Both of course appeared in The Godfather Part II as well, but didn’t share any scenes. The Irishman centers on the legendarily mysterious disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino), which most suspect the mob had a hand in. Pesci plays Russell Bufalino, a mob boss thought to have been involved, while De Niro plays the titular hitman.
The Irishman aims to premiere on Netflix in 2019.
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