After saying no dozens of times, Joe Pesci has come out of retirement and has officially joined the cast of Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman”.
Robert De Niro is set and Al Pacino’s deal to star is currently being finalized, while Harvey Keitel and Bobby Cannavale are also in talks for the project.
DeNiro plays Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, a mob hitman whose illustrious career is today best known for a supposed involvement in the death of Jimmy Hoffa. Steve Zaillian adapted the screenplay from Charles Brandt’s book “I Heard You Paint Houses”.
Pesci will portray Russell Bufalino, a Mafia boss out of Pennsylvania who has long been suspected of having a hand in the disappearance of Hoffa.
The project marks the first time that Pacino and Scorsese have worked together, the fourth time Pesci and Scorsese have worked together, the fourth time Pacino and De Niro have worked together, and the seventh time De Niro and Pesci have worked together.
Scorsese, Gaston Pavlovich, Jane Rosenthal and Emma Tillinger Koskoff are expected to produce. Filming begins next month in and around New York and will continue through December.