Martin Scorsese returns this year with Netflix’s big-budget “The Irishman” film starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci.
Based on Charles Brandt’s novel “I Heard You Paint Houses,” the story follows mob hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran who was allegedly involved in the death Jimmy Hoffa.
Set across two time periods, De Niro, Pacino, and Pesci have been digitally de-aged for some scenes in the project and those involved are said to be working hard to make the younger versions of the characters ‘perfect’.
So far, nothing has been released so we’re not sure what the final result looks like though the recent work done on Samuel L. Jackson for “Captain Marvel” offers a good idea. De Niro previously was the subject of some de-aging work in 2013’s “Grudge Match,” and speaking with IndieWire he says this will go much further:
“They’re trying to really make it the best it’s ever been. What I’ve seen looks really good. When I did it in Grudge Match, we had more obstructive things on. Marty was concerned, rightly so, that we should not have things on us that would be distracting. We had some dots, some reflective things, all subtle stuff.”
De Niro’s producing partner Jane Rosenthal added:
“They did have this three-headed monster of a camera that was around all the time. They had hair and costumes of the period, but they didn’t have to worry about anything else that was intrusive. So the goal here was that it was a more intuitive way of working for an actor.”
“The Irishman” is currently targeting an October release.