Al Pacino Confirms Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' Still in the Works
It's been nearly four years since we've heard anything about Martin Scorsese's mobster drama The Irishman. In that time, the director has delivered Hugo, The Wolf of Wall Street and a forthcoming HBO documentary called The 50-Year Argument. Soon he'll be busy with his drama Silence starring Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield, and some have wondered if Scorsese would ever get around to the film about 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. Thankfully, it's still coming.
Speaking with The Daily Beast (via The Film Stage), Al Pacino confirmed the film is still happening, but didn't offer any timetable of when production might begin. In addition, he revealed that "Boardwalk Empire" and Win Win star Bobby Cannavale (who will be seen in the remake of Annie this year) will have a role in the film after partaking in a table read of the script, written by Steve Zaillian, sometime last year. However, there's no word on whether the rumored involvement of Harvey Keitel will come to fruition. In which case this would be one hell of a reunion.
After all, this is already quite an enticing project as Robert De Niro and the mostly retired Joe Pesci are reteaming with Scorsese, and if all goes well, it will come together after Silence is in the can. Since that film is slated to hit theaters in November of 2015, production on The Irishman could start late next year or early in 2016. Pacino says, "“I don’t think I’ve gotten close to doing something with Marty. I know him. He’s such a great director. But I can’t think of a Scorsese movie that I would have been right for." We're glad he's found one. Stay tuned to see how long it takes for this project to get off the ground. Sound good?