Martin Scorsese has one big mob movie left in him, and now we have our first full look at it in this new trailer — complete with glimpses at the de-aging digital technology that allows stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci to appear decades younger.
The Irishman is the true story of Frank Sheeran, a World War II vet who gets tangled up into teamster Jimmy Hoffa‘s world of organized crime. The film spans the central decades of the 20th Century, with De Niro and Pacino playing (respectively) Sheehan and Hoffa in every era.
It’s the first time that De Niro and Pacino have shared the screen in 11 years (since 2008’s Righteous Kill), it reunites De Niro and Scorsese for the first time in 25 years, and marks the first time ever that Pacino has appeared in a Scorsese film (at long, overdue last). Also worth celebrating: the return of Joe Pesci out of retirement.
The whole thing is giving off major Goodfellas energy, and if Netflix doesn’t make this widely available in theaters across the country (rather than just in major cities), even if only for a short window, it will be a major affront to movie fans everywhere, and to movie culture itself. This is a major cinematic moment and it deserves a theatrical experience.
Co-starring Ray Romano, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Bobby Cannavale, Stephen Graham, and Sebastian Maniscalco, The Irishman will open the New York Film Festival at the end of September.
Netflix will then release it in “select theaters” (still undefined) and on its streaming platform later this year (date to be determined).
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