With Oscar Season around the corner, Netflix is joining the Oscar race again despite the ongoing debate as to whether their films qualify for an Academy Award. This time, iconic director Martin Scorsese will be creating a film for the streaming service titled The Irishman.
The Irishman stars Robert De Niro as famous hitman and union leader, named Frank Sheeran, otherwise known as the Irishman. The film is loosely based on a book written by author Charles Brand called I Heard You Paint Houses ,which chronicles the life and career of Sheeran and his connection to the Bufalino family. Starring alongside De Niro are legendary actors Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, respectively playing Sheeran’s friend and activist Jimmy Hoffa and Mafia boss Russell Bufalino.
One of the key elements that stands out about Scorsese’s new film are the digital effects used to make De Niro, Pacino and Pesci look younger across the various moments of Sheeran’s life. The effects are done by Lucasfilm’s Industrial Lights and Magic, signifying another huge step in the company’s ability to perfect CGI humans after recreating Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Regardless of the de-aging effects, many are excited for this new Scorsese film, as its another crime thriller made with longtime collaborator Robert De Niro in their 9th collaboration together. Not to mention the film has been in development hell for nearly 12 years, originally being announced as a Paramount film back in 2008, so this was a longtime coming for De Niro and Scorsese. No official release date has been set for the film, but it’s expected to release on Netflix and in select theaters by the end of 2019. The film will also premiere on the opening night of 2019’s New York Film Festival.
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