brian-mcgee - August 1, 2019
Last year, Netflix showed they were serious about their original films getting Academy Award consideration when they scored 3 Oscars on 10 nominations for Alfonso Cuarón's Roma. It looks like they'll be back in the mix again this year when Martin Scorsese unveils his latest film, The Irishman, based on the book "I Heard You Paint Houses" and the true story of hitman Frank Sheeran and his involvement with Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa and Philadelphia crime boss Russell Bufalino.
Scorsese is bringing out the big guns for this one with longtime collaborator Robert De Niro playing Sheeran, Al Pacino as Hoffa, and Joe Pesci as Bufalino. The only questionable thing about the film was the rumor that they were going to be doing some extensive Marvel-esque de-aging of the three leads to play men who were substantially younger than the actors themselves.
As this debut trailer shows, it's not quite as jarring or off-putting as one might have expected, but it still looks... strange. Thankfully Scorsese's got some time yet before the film is scheduled to debut as the opening film at next month's New York Film Festival, so hopefully some further tinkering will help them escape the uncanny valley. Even still, there's likely no other film left on the calendar in 2019 that has film geeks quite as excited as this one.
The Irishman is set to debut at NYFF on September 27, with a limited theatrical release to follow in October before moving to its permanent home on Netflix.
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