The first trailer for Scorsese epic gangster movie 'The Irishman' is here
Goodfellas, Mean Streets, The Departed. Some are saying that Martin Scorsese's next film will be just as good - if not better - than these classics. And with the release of the trailer, I'm not having a hard time believing that.
Scorsese's latest directing effort, The Irishman, will hit Netflix and some cinemas this fall.
Check out the trailer below:
The movie, which is based on a true story, follows hitman and WWII veteran Frank Sheeran as he works for some of the biggest names in crime. The story reveals the behind-the-scenes of mob life, and explores the mysterious disappearance of union boss, Jimmy Hoffa.
But perhaps just as notable as the story line is the incredible technology. Because the film spans several decades, producers used CGI to de-age characters. Think Benjamin Button but if he was in a gang. In other words, say hello to a wrinkle-free Robert DeNiro.
It's taken production almost 18 months to reverse the ageing of the likes of good ol' Robbie and Al Pacino. Dare I say this will be like watching The Godfather Part II all over again?
The star-studded cast also includes Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin and Ray Romano. And a Scorsese-directed film can only mean a flood of violence, blood and profanity. I'm excited just thinking about it.
The movie is adapted from Charles Brandt's bestselling book I Heard You Paint Houses. The author interviewed the main character, Frank Sheeran, for five years before finishing his novel. Brandt also oversaw the production and scriptwriting for The Irishman. He told news website JOE:
"I'm thrilled that there's a film. The usual understanding of authors is that once the rights to their book are sold, they're usually done. Usually, writers are not involved in anyway after that. Just to be called in to work with Marty, De Niro and Steve Zaillian (scriptwriter) was such an honour. I knew they would value what I had to say, and they did. I can't tell you what that experience was like."
While we don't know the exact release date, we do know that The Irishman will make this autumn so much better. Move over Halloween and Thanksgiving, a young Robert DeNiro is coming.