Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Joe Pesci Boards 'The Irishman' After Months Of Negotiation

Joe Pesci Boards 'The Irishman' After Months Of Negotiation

Pesci will play Russell Bufalino, a mafia boss suspected of being involved with the suspected murder of Hoffa, whose body has never been found. Per Deadline, Pesci is rumored to have turned the role down some 50 (!) times.

After months and months of speculation and rumour, it's now finally official - Joe Pesci is coming out of retirement to star in Martin Scorsese's gangster epic The Irishman.

Aside from a brief cameo in De Niro's second film as a director, The Good Shepherd, and a role in 2010's The Love Ranch, Pesci has barely acted since 1998.

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Scorsese spent much of his early career working with De Niro, and their collaborations have birthed some of cinema's finest output. The Irishman not only marks the first time Pacino has worked with Scorsese, but also the first time all three actors have starred in a film together.

The Godfather star Al Pacino has also been signed up for the film which is an adaptation of Charles Brandt's non-fiction book I Heard You Paint Houses, and tells the story of Mafia-tied 1950s hitman Frank Sheeran. The film, based on the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, is led by Martin Scorsese and Harvey Keitel and Bobby Cannonvale are reportedly in talks to join the production, according to Deadline.

The film is being written by fairly talented screenwriter Steven Zaillian, whose works have ranged from astounding (Schindler's List, Gangs of New York) to, err, misfire (Hannibal). Previous reports have suggested that The Irishman will be a Netflix exclusive, but it's also expected to get a short cinematic release so that it can qualify for the Oscars.

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