The origins of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman extend all the way back to at least 2010 when the iconic director first announced that he’d be reuniting with Robert De Niro to adapt Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses into a movie. But, because of financing such a massive project and the technology required to digitally de-age its stars, The Irishman has been an elusive project in the works for a decade. Now, Scorsese has united with Netflix to finally make his passion project that tells the story of mafia hitman Frank Sheeran (De Niro), who is said to have been involved with the assassination of Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino).
In the first trailer, we see Sheeran getting a call from Hoffa seeking his employment. We also see De Niro’s Sheeran at work carrying out hits and working with Joe Pesci’s Russell Bufalino. As the official Netflix description reads:
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th Century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.
The film brings together three of the greatest mob actors of a generation with De Niro, Pacino (in his first Scorsese film, somehow), and Pesci. But it also stars Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Ray Romano, and Jesse Plemons. Most notably, this trailer gives us our first look at a digitally de-aged De Niro, which has been a major talking point heading into the film’s release. And it looks pretty damn good. Clearly it was worth the decade-long wait.