Martin Scorsese's upcoming gangster flick, The Irishman, could be considered a reunion movie of sorts. It will see the cream of the Scorsese crop come back together to deliver another period tale of murder, organized crime and (presumably) foul language.
The film, which claims to tell the true life tale of Frank Sheeran - a World War II veteran-turned-hitman - will certainly star Robert De Niro while Scorsese alumni Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel and Bobby Cannavale have additionally been mentioned in connection to the project. Al Pacino is also down to star, and amazingly, The Irishman will be the first time the gangster movie veteran will work with Scorsese on the big screen. However, although this is already exciting enough, The Irishman might be able to capture the magic of Scorsese's earlier work in a fairly innovative way.
Robert De Niro recently revealed in an interview with Empire, that Scorsese is looking into "Benjamin Button technology" to make the actors appear like their younger selfs. He stated:
I’m working on The Irishman with Marty Scorsese, and there are sections, earlier periods in the film, where we’re experimenting with how I can [look younger] like Benjamin Button. Not only me, but the other actors too.
Watch De Niro beside Harvey Keitel in the Taxi Driver clip below:
So, could we see Goodfella aged Pesci and De Niro reunited on the big screen? Well, it seems possible. With this in mind, let's take a stroll down memory lane and remind ourselves how the linear and inevitable passage of time has aged these stars since their first Scorsese movie.
Robert De Niro
First Scorsese movie: Mean Streets (1973)
First Scorsese movie: Who's That Knocking at My Door? (1967)
First Scorsese movie: Raging Bull (1980)
But The Irishman doesn't just boast top quality talent on screen, there's also stacks of it behind the camera, too. For example, the script will be penned by Steve Zaillian, a long-time Scorsese collaborator and the writer of such movies as Gangs of New York, Moneyball and Shindler's List.
It'll certainly be interesting to see how this technology is applied. The story of Frank Sheeran spans all the way from World War II up to his death in 2003, but we can probably expect the story to linger around the 1960s and '70s with rumors of Sheeran's involvement in the assassinations of President Kennedy and the disappearance of labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa. This means there will likely be plenty of opportunity to try out this technology.
Of course, this will likely be more of a challenge for Scorsese than it was for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button director David Fincher. Whereas Fincher's use of CGI was mostly used to age Brad Pitt, Scorsese will be using it to make his cast younger - a slightly more difficult endeavour.
Although there is no official release or start of production date, De Niro claimed filming would begin "sometime next year."