Joe Pesci Confirmed to Return for Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman

Posted 2017/07/12 0 0

Joe Pesci and Martin Scorsese are reuniting at last, on the director’s next film.


Although word first broke of Joe Pesci’s possible involvement in Martin Scorsese’s passion project The Irishman back in 2010, Deadline is reporting that the legendary actor has now officially signed on to re-team with Scorsese and Robert De Niro for the film after reportedly turning the role down nearly 50 times. He will portray Russell Bufalino, a Mafia boss out of Pennsylvania who has been long suspected of having a hand in the Hoffa’s disappearance.

The Irishman, based off the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, centers on the legendarily mysterious disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, which most suspect the mob had a hand in. Netflix acquired “The Irishman” earlier this year, and shooting is scheduled to start next month. The Irishman is not only a major Goodfellas and Casino reunion; it’s basically an assembly of all-time great actors. In addition to De Niro and Pesci, Al Pacino’s deal is currently being finalized while Harvey Keitel and Bobby Cannavale are onboard. Production begins in and around New York next month and will continue through December, and the film also reunites Scorsese with cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto after having worked together on The Wolf of Wall Street and Silence. Scorsese has also said that he hopes to use CGI to de-age de Niro in The Irishman, similar to what's been seen in several Marvel movies and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Producers of The Irishman are expected to be Fabrica’s Gaston Pavlovich, Jane Rosenthal, Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. Also on board: Scorsese’s longtime collaborators Ellen Lewis (casting director) and Thelma Schoonmaker (editor). The film is expected to get a small theatrical release to qualify for Oscar. It’s unclear if the movie will hit theaters in 2018 or 2019, but Scorsese does tend to take his time in the editing room so a 2018 release isn’t guaranteed.