Harvey Keitel is rumored to be up for the role of Jimmy Hoffa in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” according to The Tracking Board.
If true, he would join the likes of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Bobby Cannavale and Joe Pesci in the film about Frank Sheeran, a family man who led a double life as a hitman for the mob and had at least 25 murders to his name including the then head of the Teamsters union Hoffa.
De Niro will play Sheeran and is the only locked actor at this point. Pacino would play Pennsylvania mafia chief Russell Bufalino, Pesci would be teamster lawyer Bill Bufalino, and Cannavale is a low-level mobster named Skinny Razor.
Steve Zaillian wrote the script, which is based on Charles Brandt’s 2004 book “I Heard You Paint Houses”. The film made headlines earlier today when it was announced that Netflix was closing a deal to acquire all rights to the project which is expected to boast a hefty $100 million price tag due to extensive visual effects to de-age De Niro and others.