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De Niro Confirms 'The Irishman' with Scorsese, Pacino, Pesci

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Imagine a film starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino directed by Martin Scorsese. There are twenty-five Oscar Nominations and five wins in that group, not to mention a collection of some of the best examples of American cinema. Thankfully for all of us cinephiles, a long-rumored project featuring the above talent team may finally be coming to fruition.

Last night on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," Robert De Niro confirmed that "The Irishman" is still on deck with Martin Scorsese directing and Joe Pesci and Al Pacino joining the cast. The film, which is being developed at Paramount by De Niro and Jane Rosenthal's Tribeca Productions, is based on the 2005 bestselling true crime book I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran and the Inside Story of the Mob, the Teamsters, and the Last Ride of Jimmy Hoffa. The book chronicles the life of WWII Vet Frank Sheeran, a high-ranking officer in the International Brotherhood of the Teamsters. Sheeran was also a member of the infamous Bufalino Crime Family and a confidant of mob boss Russell Bufalino. It was through Russell Bufalino that Sheeran connected with legendary Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa. Among his many exploits, Frank Sheeran worked as a hitman for both the Bufalino Family and Hoffa and claimed knowledge of the mob's involvement in the Bay of Pigs, the JFK Assassination, and Sheeran himself claimed to be the man who assassinated Hoffa. Sheeran was eventually prosecuted by then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani and sentenced to thirty-two years in prison.

"The Irishman" is a longtime pet project for De Niro and Scorsese (the latter is known for having multiple projects gestating at once), but this is the second confirmation this year that the film will see the light of day. Al Pacino gave similar corroboration in June saying the script by Steve Zaillian ("Gangs of New York," "Schindler's List," "Moneyball") is "so good." Back in 2013, word came from Martin Scorsese that "The Irishman" would follow "Silence," which is currently filming and expected to hit theaters next year. It certainly sounds like "The Irishman" is heating up.

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