“The Irishman” is the story of a hit man who may have been involved in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. Al Pacino will play Jimmy Hoffa.
Jimmy Hoffa was the President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters from that late 1950s to early 1970s. His mafia ties led to many criminal investigations before he ultimately disappeared in 1975. While it is universally accepted that he was murdered, there has never been definitive proof.
Joe Pesci is set to play Russel Bufalino, a Pennsylvania crime boss widely believed to be behind the murder plot. Harvey Keitel plays Angelo Bruno, another Pennsylvania mob boss known as “The Gentle Don.”
The film’s titular Irishman, Frank Sheeran, will be portrayed by Robert DeNiro. Sheeran’s deathbed confession to writer Charles Brandt led to the book “I Heard You Paint Houses,” which is the basis for this film. The book was controversial when it was published in 2003 and few of Sheeran’s claims have been substantiated.
Director Martin Scorsese has been nominated for eight Academy Awards for Directing. He won for the 2006 Best Picture, “The Departed.” He has frequently collaborated with stars Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, and Harvey Keitel. This will be his first collaboration with Academy Award winner Al Pacino, although Pacino previously turned down a role in the Academy Award nominated “Goodfellas” in 1990. Pesci went on to win Best Supporting Actor for his work in that film.
Filming is expected to begin later this summer.
STX Entertainment purchased the distribution rights to “The Irishman” in 2016. It will be released by Netflix in 2018, although an exact release date has not yet been announced.