The announcement trailer from Martin Scorsese's The Irishman teases the legendary director's latest ambitious crime drama. Based on Charles Brandt's book I Heard You Paint Houses, the film has been one of Scorsese's passion projects for years. It finally started to gain traction back in 2016, but original distributor Paramount ultimately passed on the film due to concerns over the ballooning budget. In order for veteran actors like Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci to portray "younger" versions of themselves, Scorsese is implementing now-common digital de-aging effects for The Irishman's entire first half. This extensive process caused costs to reportedly rise close to $200 million.
Undeterred by the gamble, Netflix picked up The Irishman in 2017 and Scorsese was able to move forward with his star-studded ensemble. Production wrapped back in March, and since then ILM has been hard at work handling post-production, making sure the risky visual effects are up to snuff before the movie premieres on the streaming service later this year. Fans of the Oscar-winning auteur have been anxious to see something for the film, and now there's an announcement teaser.
Netflix released a promo for The Irishman tonight during the Oscars. Check it out in the space below:
Disappointingly, the 45-second video does not include any actual footage from the film. This is most likely because the team is still tirelessly working on the special effects and aren't ready for those shots to be shared with the general public. Undoubtedly, looks at the younger De Niro and Pacino are going to be heavily scrutinized by cinephiles, so it's better to hold off for now rather than risk facing backlash or criticism. Instead, the promo highlights the Murderers' Row of crime cinema legends behind the project and incorporates a little bit of voiceover. The dialogue teases a meeting between Pacino's Jimmy Hoffa and De Niro's titular Irishman, Frank Sheeran. The Irishman is going to chronicle Sheeran's recollection of his participation in the slaying of Hoffa, so the two icons should have an interesting dynamic to explore.
The most exciting bit occurs at the end of the teaser, which confirms The Irishman will debut this fall. An exact date has not been set yet, but at least Scorsese fans now have a window to look forward to. Smartly, Netflix is targeting an awards season bow for the film. They just pulled off an excellent campaign for Alfonso Cuarón's Roma, which won Best Director and was nominated for Best Picture at the 91st Academy Awards. No doubt, the streaming giant is hoping to strike gold again with Scorsese, and hopefully The Irishman will be another modern classic from the old master.