If you're putting together a list of actors you'd want a Martin Scorsese film about the disappearance of union boss Jimmy Hoffa, there are certain names you would expect to see. The Irishman seems to be dong well in checking off that list. Already attached to the project are Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, now they've added Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel and Bobby Cannavale all in a film for Netflix. Which goes to show how much the streaming service has grown in the last few years to pull such a high profile project.
Where Pesci, who is said to have turned down the part close to 50 times before accepting, has worked with Scorsese five times in the past, this will be the first time the director will be working with Pacino. Pesci will be playing PA mafia boss Russell Bufalino who has long been suspected of being involved in Hoffa's disappearance.
The film is based on the novel, I Hear You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, written from the deathbed confession of hitman Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran. Painting houses is slang for killing and painting the walls with blood. Thought he accounts have been disputed, they did lead to the FBI going to look for DNA evidence under the floorboards of a specific house. The DNA found was not from Hoffa. It's one of the most intriguing cold case files in existence and is still considered open because there is no statue of limitations on murder. Some who may know what happened are still alive and in their 90s, but are still not talking. Hoffa's children still hope to find their father's remains and bury them next to their mother.
Di Nero will play Sheeran, Pacino as Hoffa, Cannavale will be Joe Gallo and Keitel as Angelo Bruno.