Martin Scorsese’s highly-anticipated Netflix mob drama “The Irishman” has just been announced as the opening night film of the upcoming 2019 New York Film Festival.
The fact-based mob drama will have its premiere there on September 27th, the launch coming ahead of a theatrical and Netflix release sometime later this year (date TBA). Along with the launch news, the first two photos from the film have been released.
In a statement, the festival dubs the film: “a richly textured epic of American crime, a dense, complex story told with astonishing fluidity”. Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian penned the film based on Charles Brandt’s nonfiction book “I Heard You Paint Houses”.
Robert De Niro headlines as mob hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, reputed to have carried out more than twenty-five murders. Al Pacino will portray infamously slain labor leader Jimmy Hoffa, while Joe Pesci is Pennsylvania Mafia boss Russell Bufalino.
Scorsese is using VFX to ‘de-age’ the actors to appear up to 30 years younger in some scenes. Tickets for the 57th New York Film Festival will go on sale to the general public on September 8th, while festival and VIP passes are on sale now.