But The Irishman indicates a true return to form and an ambitious leap into the future at the same time. The film is based on Charles Brandt's novel I Heard You Paint Houses and retells the biographical tale of hitman and WWII veteran Frank Sheeran (played by Robert De Niro, whose digital de-ageing in the film has already started a few conversations) and his involvement in the shady disappearance of politician Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino).
This marks the ninth collaboration between De Niro and Scorsese, and the first time Pacino is directed by the Casino auteur. And, excitingly, after premiering at this year's New York Film Festival in September, The Irishman will be making a stop in the big smoke next as the Closing Gala of the 63rd London Film Festival, premiering on 13 October.
'This picture was many years in the making', Scorsese said. 'It's a picture that all of us could have only made at this point in our lives. We're all very excited to be bringing The Irishman to London'.
Tricia Tuttle, LFF Festival Director echoed the filmmaker's excitement: 'British Film Institute Fellow Scorsese is one of the true greats of cinema – as both a creator and a tireless champion of preservation and film history – and here he and his creative team have delivered an epic of breathtakingly audacious scale and complexity, exploring relationships of trust and betrayal, regret and remorselessness, which dominated a period of American history. This is a major occasion for film lovers and I cannot wait to share this film with UK audiences'.
The Irishman will then be released globally on Netflix on 27 November.
|What||The Irishman: Martin Scorsese's grand return|
13 Oct 19 – 27 Nov 20, PREMIERING ON 03/10, STREAMING ON 27/11
|Price||£ determined by cinemas|
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