The last time that Robert De Niro graced the screen in a Martin Scorsese picture was almost 25 years ago with 1995’s Casino. After a quarter-century wait, the duo are reunited in the new crime drama The Irishman — and De Niro still looks like his Casino-era self.
No, Scorsese hasn’t cracked the secret to time travel; instead, he’s betting the bank on the digital de-aging technology that Marvel Studios has used to introduce younger versions of characters like Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) into the the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Originally filmed in 2017, the movie has spent over a year in post-production as Scorsese and the visual effects team wrestled with the costly de-aging process. And now the first trailer for The Irishman — which will have its world premiere at the New York Film Festival before arriving on Netflix and in theaters later this fall — gives us our first clear view of what the “young” De Niro will look like, and it’s definitely making waves on Twitter. (Watch the trailer above.)
Based on Charles Brandt’s bestseller, I Heard You Paint Houses, The Irishman is a sprawling account of the life and times of Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a World War II veteran who parlayed his combat training into a career as a Mob-affiliated hitman under the guidance of Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci, making his long-awaited return to the big screen). It’s Bufalino who passes Frank’s name along to another potential employer: controversial union leader, Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). “I heard you paint houses,” Hoffa is said to have told Sheeran in their first-ever conversation — a line that’s repeated in the trailer — clearly implying that the only paint required would be blood.
In addition to the older (and younger) versions of De Niro, Pacino and Pesci, The Irishman’s star-studded supporting cast is populated by the likes of Ray Romano, Anna Paquin, Harvey Keitel and Jesse Plemons. As penned by Oscar-winning screenwriter, Steven Zallian, the narrative will shift back and forth in time, as the elderly Frank reflects on his long career “painting houses,” and the role he later claimed to have played in Hoffa’s still-unsolved 1975 disappearance. We hear this one may be an Oscar contender.
The Irishman premieres on Netflix and in select theaters this fall.
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