Earlier this week, an update on Martin Scorsese’s upcoming gangster flick The Irishman got everybody excited. According to several reports, the project (based on the true story “I Heard You Paint Houses”) will begin filming early next year for a scheduled release sometime towards the end of 2018. The Irishman reunites Scorsese with Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, and for the first time a collaboration with Al Pacino.
Like myself, many of you probably are wondering why there’s a near two year post-production window between filming and the release. Those same reports mention that Scorsese will use technology to digitally de-age his cast members, so they can also play younger versions of themselves. Recent examples of this filming technique can be found in films like Ant-Man (Michael Douglas) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt).
Its been around a decade since I’ve seen Pacino in anything close to great. Pesci has been enjoying retirement for years. DeNiro remains the only active cast member who’s been turning out some pretty good performances recently. There’s no doubt every single one of these actors will bring their A-game for Scorsese, and the news that each one of them will get to play younger versions of themselves is even better! Right now, I’m curious who else could sign on for this picture. We’ll get more casting announcements in the coming months.
The synopsis below is from Charles Brandt’s true crime story I Heard You Paint Houses, which will be adapted for The Irishman.
The first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran were, “I heard you paint houses.” To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than twenty-five hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa. Sheeran learned to kill in the U.S. Army, where he saw an astonishing 411 days of active combat duty in Italy during World War II.
After returning home he became a hustler and hit man, working for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino. Eventually he would rise to a position of such prominence that in a RICO suit then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani would name him as one of only two non-Italians on a list of 26 top mob figures. When Bufalino ordered Sheeran to kill Hoffa, he did the deed, knowing that if he had refused he would have been killed himself.
Sheeran’s important and fascinating story includes new information on other famous murders, and provides rare insight to a chapter in American history. Charles Brandt has written a page-turner that is destined to become a true crime classic.
sources: Deadline, Collider, ScreenRant, The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon