Martin Scorsese's The Irishman will premiere in movie theaters on Nov. 1, 2019, before dropping worldwide on Netflix on Nov. 27, 2019, Netflix has announced.
The blockbuster mafia movie reunites the director with Robert De Niro, who worked with Scorsese on eight feature films between 1973 and 1995 (including classics like Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, Mean Streets, and Taxi Driver), and Joe Pesci (who costarred in Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Casino). Scorsese and De Niro are lifelong friends, but it's been more than two decades since their last official collaboration; Pesci, meanwhile, had all but retired from acting (his last onscreen role came in 2010), but came back for this one.
Here's everything we know about The Irishman thus far, including its official trailer (watch above) and source material.
Not yet. Years in the making, The Irishman is set to premiere at the New York Film Festival in September, before scoring a limited theatrical release on Nov. 1, 2019, in select theaters. The film will land on Netflix Nov. 27, 2019, just in time for Thanksgiving weekend
Scorsese's film is 210 minutes in length. The three-and-a-half-hour running time makes it one of the longest major releases of 2019. To put it in perspective, Avengers: Endgame is three hours and two minutes.
Written by Steve Zaillian (who also wroteGangs of New York), The Irishman is an adaptation of Charles Brandt's book, I Heard You Paint Houses, based on interviews he conducted with Frank Sheeran, a former union boss and purported mafia killer. (In mafia terms, the book's title phrase is code for committing murders.) Sheeran, who is played by De Niro in the film, claims to have killed his longtime friend Jimmy Hoffa (played by Al Pacino).
In addition to De Niro and Pacino -- who previously co-starred in The Godfather Part II (though they didn't share any scenes), Heat, and Righteous Kill -- the cast also includes the aforementioned Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, Stephen Graham, Jesse Plemons, and Anna Paquin, among others.
Part of the reason why Scorsese's film has taken so long to come to fruition is because of its expensive visual effects, which will de-age its stars to look like their younger selves. (A similar technique was used in the Marvel film, which de-aged Samuel L. Jackson to look like he did in the 1990s.) As Scorsese's longtime editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, explained, "We're youthifying the actors in the first half of the movie. And then the second half of the movie they play their own age. So that's a big risk. We're having that done by Industrial Light and Magic Island, ILM. That's a big risk."
Not really. As Scorsese explained at the Tribeca Film Festival in late April, "It's in the milieu of the pictures we've done together and what we're known for, but I hope from a different vantage point. The years have gone by and we see things in a special way, I hope." Those comments echo remarks Schoonmaker previously made. "The Irishman is not Goodfellas," she said. "And that's what they think it's going to be. It's not. It is not Goodfellas. It's completely different. It's wonderful. They're going to love it. But please don't think it's gonna be Goodfellas, because it isn't."
Full soundtrack details have yet to be revealed but expect Scorsese to, once again, create an indelible music playlist for his film. As the director explained at the Tribeca Film Festival during an interview with De Niro, The Irishman will utilize existing music from other films, in a way similar to how Georges Delerue's music from Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt featured in Casino. "Why not use themes from other movies?" Scorsese said. (Watch a scene using Delerue's score below.)