“The Irishman” To De-Age Robert DeNiro

Having finished “Silence,” filmmaker Martin Scorsese is turning his attention towards another long-gestating passion project of his – “The Irishman”.

An adaptation of Charles Brandt’s novel “I Heard You Paint Houses,” the crime drama tells the story of Frank Sheeran who, on his deathbed, claimed to have murdered Jimmy Hoffa. At last report the aim has been to get Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and potentially Joe Pesci onboard the project.

This week producer Gaston Pavlovich confirmed to Cinema Blend that the film is going to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Michael Douglas in “Ant-Man” and Jeff Bridges in “TRON: Legacy” with the movie set to give us Robert De Niro ‘de-aged’ down to his younger years:

“Well it’s an extraordinary technology that we’ve been looking at. You don’t use prosthetics, make-up, they have acting and the technology is able to have them go through different time ages without the prosthetics. So we’ve seen some tests and it looks extraordinary. We were able to film Bob and just do a scene, and we saw it come down to when he was like 20, 40, 60, so we’re looking forward to that, from that point of view, for The Irishman … Imagine seeing what De Niro looked like in The Godfather 2 days, that’s pretty much how you’re going to see him again.”

De Niro previously indicated severak other members of the cast will be made to look younger too – meaning we may see what it would look like if Godfather 1-era Pacino met Godfather 2-era De Niro.