Fans of Martin Scorsese films will be delighted to learn that Joe Pesci has come out of unofficial retirement to confirm that he'll be starring in new movie The Irishman, alongside long-time Scorsese collaborator Robert De Niro and the legendary Al Pacino. Production begins in and around NY 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.
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The Irishman depicts the life of real-life mob hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheehan, who alleged he was the gunman to bring down Jimmy Hoffa in the controversial murder. In addition to De Niro and Pesci, Al Pacino's deal is now being finalized.
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Shooting for the film is scheduled to begin in August this year, and will continue through to December.
Pesci, who turned 74 this year, hasn't appeared in a live-action role in a widely-released film since 2006's The Good Shepherd, which was directed by Robert DeNiro. Joe Pesci will play a Pennsylvanian mafia boss Russell Bufalino - a key suspect in the disappearance.
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The Irishman will be based on the true story of the disappearance of American labour union leader Jimmy Hoffa. Scorsese tends to take his time in the edit room, so 2019 is more likely.