Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci
The Irishman: Teaser Released for Upcoming Scorsese Film
The highly anticipated release of The Irishman will mark legendary director Martin Scorsese's first collaboration with Netflix. According to the streaming giant, the film should receive both a streaming and cinema release in autumn of this year.
The film will star Scorsese stalwart and Oscar winner Robert De Niro who has starred in no less than eight previous Scorsese films (Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, New York New York, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear and Casino). Joe Pesci, another Scorsese favourite ( Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino) will also star along with Oscar winner, Al Pacino who is surprisingly making his debut in a Scorsese-helmed production. Others that feature in the star-studded cast include Harvey Keitel (Pulp Fiction , Reservoir Dogs), Jesse Plemons (Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad), Anna Paquin (X-Men, The Piano) and Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire, Blue Jasmine).
Already in LOVE with this film. A truly iconic combination of actors, writer and director. The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese... in theaters and on Netflix this fall. pic.twitter.com/de5bzEqbEi
— Netflix Film (@NetflixFilm) February 25, 2019
I heard you paint houses?
The film is based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses written by author Charles Brandt. The book revolves around a series of interviews conducted by Brandt with notorious mobster and hit-man Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran. The quote "I Heard You Paint Houses" were the first words spoken to Sheeran by the infamous Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa. ('To paint a house' was mob code for killing someone.)
Shortly before his death, Sheeran claimed to have been responsible for the murder of Jimmy Hoffa which has been described as 'The Biggest Hit in Mob History'. Hoffa disappeared in 1975. His body has never been discovered and the case continues to be the subject of rumour and speculation.
In October 2018, presenter Sean Moncrieff spoke with the author Charles Brandt about the book. You can hear the podcast of the interview below:
You can find more info on the Irishman here.