Director Martin Scorsese has a bunch of classical and critically-acclaimed films under his belt over the course of his 50 years in the film making business. With movies such as Taxi Driver, The Aviator, and The Departed, just to name a few, Scorsese has cemented himself among Hollywood’s best – and now he’s ready to add to his golden list, with a little help of old friends.
Later this 2019, Scorsese will be will releasing his next film The Irishman on Netflix, almost three years after his last film (the historical period drama Silence). Headlining The Irishman is Scorsese’s good friend and Academy Award winning actor Robert De Niro – this will be their ninth collaboration together ever since their first project together, Mean Streets (1973).
Starring alongside De Niro is another Scorsese collaborator, Joe Pesci (Harry Lyme from Home Alone). The trio had last worked together in Scorsese’s films Raging Bull (where De Niro won the Oscar for Best Actor), Goodfellas (where Pesci won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor), and most recently in 1995’s Casino. Pesci’s appearance will serve as a break to his “unofficial retirement”.
Another collaborator of Scorsese joining the cast is Harvey Keitel, who last worked with the director in 1988’s controversial film The Last Temptation of Christ where he played Judas. Keitel starred alongside De Niro for Scorsese’s Mean Streets (1973) and Taxi Driver (1976), even appearing in Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1968) which was coincidentally both their Hollywood debuts (directing for Scorsese, acting for Keitel).
First time collaboration
This already star-studded cast will be joined by Al Pacino, the slick actor from The Godfather trilogy and 1992’s Scent of a Woman (where he won the Academy Award for Best Actor). Surprising as it may seem, The Irishman will be the first time ever Al Pacino will be working with Martin Scorsese.
The union will be a good pairing as both are recognized for their involvement for crime-related films. Al Pacino has cemented his place in film history as Michael Corleone in The Godfather series, and drug kingpin Tony Montana from Scarface (1983). Scorsese has helmed numerous crime films such as, to add to what was already mentioned earlier, 2002’s Gangs of New York and 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street.
This will be Pacino’s fourth collaboration with Robert De Niro, having appeared together in The Godfather Part II (where De Niro played a younger version of Michael’s father, Vito Corleone), Heat, and Righteous Kill.
Information on “The Irishman”
The Irishman will center around Frank Sheeran (De Niro), who was allegedly involved with the Bufalino crime family of the Eastern United States. The script will be written by Academy Award winner Steve Zaillian, who wrote Scorsese’s screenplay for Gangs of New York.
With a production budget rumored to be around $200 million, it is Scorsese’s most expensive film yet. Netflix is set to release the film in October 2019, and also promise a limited release in theaters.