Martin Scorsese, America’s leading director of three-hour-long gangster films that become staples of cable TV, has been working for the last several years on The Irishman, a gangster epic set in the 1970s and based on the non-ficiton book, I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. Steven Zaillian, the screenwriter of Schindler’s List, adapted Brandt’s book.
The film stars what could be described as the holy trinity of Italian-American actors associated with the genre, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci, with Pesci emerging from a long retirement, and Pacino appearing in a Scorsese movie for the first time. After years of rumors, the film went into production in 2017 and a deal was reached to give it a duel release on Netflix as well as in theaters.
Now, we know when the film is making its debut.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced Monday that The Irishman will premiere at the New York Film Festival on September 27. There’s no official release date yet, but the film is expected to arrive in theaters at some point in the fall.
The release also included two photos from the film:
The film is described by the festival organizers as “a richly textured epic of American crime, a dense, complex story told with astonishing fluidity.” Pesci plays mob boss Russell Bufalino, Pacino is Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa, and DeNiro, as he did in Goodfellas, plays the Irishman of the title, former hitman Frank Sheeran.
Harvey Keitel is also in the film, as are Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Ray Romano, and Jesse Plemons.
The movie is said to be using digital de-aging technology in order to make the actors appear younger in some scenes. After all, Pacino, De Niro, and Pesci are 79, 75, and 76 respectively, while their director is himself 76.
The film may have the feel of a last hurrah for the old gang but it won’t be Scorsese’s last movie. He’s reportedly set as his next film Killers of the Flower Moon, an adaptation of David Grann’s non-fiction book about the Osage Nation murders in Oklahoma in the 1920s.
A report from Tulsa World about Scorsese’s recent scouting visit to the area stated that the cast will include both De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio, who have each appeared in numerous films with Scorsese but never one together, although the two actors did star together in 1996 drama Marvin’s Room.