During the 91st Academy Awards, viewers were treated to a teaser trailer for the film, called The Irishman and confirmed it’s due out this fall. Esquire reported earlier this month that The Irishman would be released this October, which might still be the case.
Directed by Scorsese, the film stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci in a tale based on Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses. The story follows real-life mob hitman and labor union official Frank Sheeran as he recounts the story of how he killed Jimmy Hoffa, a prominent American labor union leader.
De Niro plays Franke Sheeran, the titular “Irishman,” with Pacino as Hoffa and Pesci as mafioso Russell Bufalino.
The first teaser trailer doesn’t offer much outside of a snippet of dialogue, presumably from the scene in which Sheeran and Hoffa meet. “I heard you paint houses,” are supposedly the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever said to Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran, referring to a euphemism for killing.
With a reported budget of $175 million, The Irishman is Scorsese’s most expensive movie to date, which could explain why Paramount Pictures originally abandoned the film.
A large portion of that budget goes to digitally de-aging the cast for the first half of the movie, in which all of the stars play younger versions of themselves. The expensive technology has been employed by Marvel Studios, to an excess in the upcoming Captain Marvel, but it’s the first time Scorsese has attempted to use it on one of his films.
Now that we know when the film is actually coming out, everyone’s going to be anxious to see some legitimate footage. It’s only a matter of time until we get an official trailer for Netflix and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.
The Irishman will be released in theaters in October and on Netflix at some point after that.