Netflix has cast the first look at one of his biggest original films so far: Martin Scorseses The Irishman. The film features Robert De Niro as mob hitman Frank Sheeran and Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa.
De Niro has been involved in the project for more than a decade, and Netflix took up the film in 2017 as part of a broader strategy to buy prestige-style dramas for its platform. Netflix wants to show that it is a legitimate Hollywood player who cautiously looked at the company as it turned the film and theater industry on its head.
The adaptation was a passion project for Scorsese. It's an adaptation of Charles Brandt's 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses which focuses on the life of Sheeran, a World War II veteran who becomes the mob killer of the Bufalino family. The trailer introduces Sheeran as he meets Jimmy Hoffa, Teamsters' president, and carries out his work.
The trailer also reveals a bit of the work that stars for the Ent-Alter as it plays over several decades. Scorsese talked about the process early this year and explained the cost of visual effects. He found that this was a big concern for the production. He explained that the film will give the audience the opportunity to test the results side by side as it is not shown in the right order. We see more of this in the movie: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story used CGI to recreate Peter Cushing's resemblance and depict a younger Carrie Fisher. Captain Marvel showed extensive works to showcase a younger Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg. and Ang Lee's upcoming film Gemini Man will feature two versions of Will Smith: an older assassin and a younger clone.
It's pretty clear that Netflix is targeting next year's awards season with The Irishman . In addition to De Niro and Pacino, Harvey Keitel plays Angelo Bruno and Joe Pesci plays Russell Bufalino, one of the country's best-known mob-stories: Hoffa's murder in 1975. Scorsese were fortunate in this field; He has received Best Director nominations for Goodfellas, Gangs of New York and The Departed during his career. This movie looks like it fits in well with these films. He shows impressive pictures, men in smoky back rooms and brutal assassinations.
The Irishman premieres at the New York Film Festival in September and airs some time later as a streaming debut.