Netflix continues its entertainment takeover, with news that it’s acquired the anticipated Martin Scorsese film, The Irishman, which reunites the director with Robert De Niro.
According to IndieWire, Netflix has paid $105 million for the global rights to the film, which will drop exclusively on the streaming service in 2019.
The Irishman is still in pre-production, and will also star Al Pacino.
The film is based around the life of mafia hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran (De Niro), known for his possible involvement in the murder of Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).
De Niro is 73 years old, but according to reports, he will will be “de-aged” to appear as if he were in his 30s again, via technology Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), which was used in Brad Pitt’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
In addition to De Niro and Pacino, the supporting cast also includes Joe Pesci as Sicilian-born crime lord Russell Bufalino, who is said to have ran the entire East Coast mob for the Cosa Nostra; Harvey Keitel as another Sicilian mafia boss, Angelo Bruno; and Bobby Cannavale, who will play New York City gangster Joe Gallo, who De Niro’s character confessed to killing on his deathbed.
Sheeran kept his career as a mafia hitman a secret from his family, only confessing to his crimes in the final five years of his life to writer Charles Brandt, who was a former prosecutor. He passed away in 2003 at 83 year old — six weeks after he read Charles Brandt’s manuscript for The Irishman, which was first published a year later in 2004.
The Irishman will be the ninth time Scorsese and De Niro have worked together. However, it will be the first time, the director has worked with Pacino.