Martin Scorsese‘s return to the gangster genre with The Irishman setup at Netflix has had us excited for years. Even more so as the cast will include Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, and Boardwalk Empire’s Bobby Cannavale.
Originally, Joe Pesci was expected to be in the lineup too but the reclusive actor seemed a bit non-committed about joining the cast. It’s been said that Robert was attempting to convince Joe to get involved.
A new interview with Thelma Schoonmaker (Scorsese’s longtime editor) from Crave (via ThePlaylist) seemingly updates Pesci’s involvement.
“And he wants to make more films like this, that are spiritual, basically, but not set in 17th century Japan [laugh]. In the modern time. So hopefully we’ll be able to make that. Not the next one, the next one is The Irishman, which is De Niro and Joe Pesci and elderly gangsters. So that’ll be very different from Silence. But maybe the one after that!”
An adaptation of the novel I Hear You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, recalls the murders committed by mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, who may have killed Jimmy Hoffa.
A release date hasn’t been revealed but it’s expected it will drop on Netflix sometime in 2018.