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Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, hail good ol’ American crime cinema

The movie has been written by Steven Zaillian and stars Robert De Niro as mob hitman Frank Sheeran and Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa.

SNS | New Delhi |

The trailer of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman is out. A Netflix production, The Irishman, is an American biographical crime film based on Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses.

The movie has been written by Steven Zaillian and stars Robert De Niro as mob hitman Frank Sheeran and Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa. While De Niro has been associated with the project for more than a decade, Netflix picked up the film in 2017 as part of its strategy to produce high-end prestige style dramas for its platform.

The Irishman had been in production for so long because Scorsese used digital de-aging technology to make his veteran cast appear younger for one half of the film. But, now that the work is complete,  the first official teaser has already taken fans excitement to another level.

The teaser opens with Sheeran meeting Jimmy Hoffa over a phone call and the narrative opens to introduce the two mighty characters along with snippets of American history, in parts dealing with John F. Kennedy and his assassination in 1963.

De Niro is playing a real-life hitman and WWII veteran who was allegedly involved in the infamous disappearance of labour leader Jimmy Hoffa, his longtime friend, and his involvement with the Bufalino crime family.

The Irishman also starrs Joe Pesci, who came out of his unofficial retirement to play the role after he was aksed numerous times to take part, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano.

Mounted on a budget of $200 million, The Irishman is touted to be one of the most expensive films of Scorsese’s career.

The film will have a limited theatrical release and will have its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on September 27, 2019.