(SPOT.ph) The world of organized crime is shady and mysterious, and for good reason—from covert deals to undercover operations, there's a lot at stake but the thrill is unlike any other. No one does crime films quite like Martin Scorsese: his body of work includes crime classics like Mean Streets, Goodfellas, and Taxi Driver. For fans of the genre or of the director, his upcoming film will be something to look forward to: The Irishman, starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. It will hit theaters and stream on Netflix later this year.
The film follows life in post-war America through the eyes of retired army man Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran (De Niro), a union official with secret ties to the Bufalino crime family, headed by crime boss Russell Buffalino (Pesci). The World War II veteran-turned-hitman meets notorious gang men and prolific figures, including famous union leader, James Hoffa (Pacino), who mysteriously disappears.
Sheeran first met Hoffa in their thirties and according to Radiotimes, a huge portion of the film's budget is dedicated to CGI to make both actors look younger.
Based on the non-fiction book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, the Scorsese-directed film offers a glimpse into the dark underbelly of politics, plunging deep into the veiled world of organized crime and its inner machinations. It also features monumental events in U.S. history such as U.S. President John F. Kennedy's assassination.
The film also stars True Blood's Anna Paquin as Peggy Sheeran, Mean Streets' Harvey Keitel, comedian Ray Romano as Bill Bufalino, Will & Grace's Bobby Cannavale as Felix ‘Skinny Razor’ DiTullio, Annie actress Stephanie Kurtzuba, Jack Huston, Stephen Graham, The Sopranos' Kathrine Narducci, Jesse Plemons of Breaking Bad fame, Domenick Lombardozzi, Paul Herman, Gary Basaraba, and Marin Ireland.
The film marks the ninth collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro. This follows their last film together, The Casino, which premiered in 1995.
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