Here’s something to celebrate for all you wise guys out there. It’s long been rumoured that the semi-retired Joe Pesci was going to sign up to Martin Scorsese’s gangster film The Irishman with Robert DeNiro already onboard. Well Deadline Hollywood are reporting that after repeatedly saying no to the gig the pocket powerhouse Pesci is now all in and we’re full steam ahead for a mini Goodfellas reunion!
He’s set to play the character of Russell Bufalino a mob boss from Pennsylvania. With only six film roles in the last twenty years this will be a rare chance to see the actor that set the screen alight when playing the psychopathic Tommy DeVito in the 1990s gangster masterpiece.
DeNiro is set to take on the title role of mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, the man responsible for the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, the American labor union leader. Special effects will be used to de-age DeNiro, taking 30 years off him for some scenes. This will be his ninth collaboration with Scorsese.
As if that weren’t enough another movie legend in the shape of Al Pacino is also slated to co-star as Hoffa. It’ll mark the very first time Marty has directed Al, a tasty prospect. Other roles in the film are filled by Scorsese stalwart Harvey Keitel and Bobby Cannavale from Third Watch.
The Netflix movie goes into production next month, with shooting primarily taking place in New York up until December. With no release date yet set, we’ll just have to be patient till we get the chance to see some of the greatest actors in cinema history together on screen. All we need is for Ray Liotta to get involved and the Goodfellas circle is complete. We can dream. Here’s a classic Pesci scene to whet your appetite for The Irishman.