Robert De Niro Confirms Al Pacino & Joe Pesci for 'The Irishman'
Though the director just confirmed that Robert De Niro would collaborate again on The Irishman for the first time in 15 years, Martin Scorsese didn't address the reports that Al Pacino and Joe Pesci would also be participating. However, MTV caught up with De Niro himself, and the actor revealed that Pesci and Pacino are very much involved with The Irishman. A reunion of big names from various mobster films, the story will follow the life of Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, a reputed criminal responsible for more than 25 mob murders and potentially being involved with the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa.
However, some disappointing news comes with the good as De Niro also revealed that the initial train of thought to have two different films surrounding seems to have fallen apart. Initially, there was talk about crafting two films around the source material book I Heard You Paint Houses. The first would be a standard biopic, but the second would have been "another kind of a [film that is] reminiscent of a kind of 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita, [a] certain kind of biographical, semi-biographical type of Hollywood movie — a director and the actor — based on things Marty and I have experienced and kind of overlapping them." But De Niro says that project would be, "more ambitious, to do one with Eric doing a flashback/flashforward kind of thing and to do two movies in one and then separate them as movies. I don't know if that will happen." Oh well, at least we get one film with this fantastic trio of actors and one of cinema's finest directors. Excited?