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Netflix announced that it was working with legendary pair Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese to create one of their most ambition projects to date, The Irishman. It's a gangster film with a star-studded cast that reportedly set the streaming service back a huge $173m (£143m). The film is based on a book called I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt and tells the story of Frank Sheeran, a gangster, hitman and World War Two veteran who was involved with some of the most notorious people of the 20th century. Set in 1920s Oklahoma, the plot will revolve around the Osage Nation, who became the richest people per capita in the world after they discovered oil under their land - and began to be murdered one by one. It sounds like it's going to be a thrill a minute. Here's everything you need to know about Scorsese's passion project.
Despite being a Netflix film, The Irishman will be coming to the big screen too, in a limited release. Robert De Niro told Marrakesh Film Festival 2018: "We've talked about it with Netflix.
"They are going to do a presentation of our film the way it should be, in a theatre, in certain venues, the best theatrical venues there can be.
"How they resolve it is, in the beginning, they will show it on the big screen, we're talking about big venues where it would play, where it should play, and what happens after that I'm not sure."
The Irishman is set to be released in cinemas first and then released Netflix in late 2019. The film will premiere at New York Film Festival on September 27, 2019.
It will have its international premiere at the BFI London Film Festival 2019 on October 13, 2019.
During a chat with Joe Rogan, actor Sebastian Maniscalco let it slip that the Netflix release wouldn't be far behind. When Joe asked when he could expect the film to come out, Maniscalco replied: "It's coming out in October."
When I said that the cast was star-studded, I wasn't joking. Here's the complete list of the A-list roster.
Robert De Niro as Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran
Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa
Joe Pesci as Russell Bufalino
Harvey Keitel as Angelo Bruno
Bobby Cannavale as Felix "Skinny Razor" DiTullio
Stephen Graham as Tony Provenzano
Kathrine Narducci as Carrie Bufalino
Domenick Lombardozzi as Anthony Salerno
Anna Paquin as Peggy Sheeran
Sebastian Maniscalco as Joe "Crazy Joe" Gallo
Ray Romano as Bill Bufalino
Jeremy Luke as Thomas Andretta
Joseph Russo as Stephen Andretta
Stephanie Kurtzuba as Irene Sheeran
Aleksa Palladino as Mary Sheeran
India Ennenga as Dolores Sheeran
J. C. MacKenzie as Jimmy Neal
Craig Vincent as Ed Partin
Gary Basaraba as Frank Fitzsimmons
Welker White as Josephine Hoffa
Jesse Plemons as Chuckie O'Brien
Jim Norton as Don Rickles
Larry Romano as Phil Testa
Jake Hoffman as Allen Dorfman
Patrick Gallo as Anthony Giacalone
Barry Primus as Ewing King
So, if you love a good gangster film, you'll be in for a treat sooner than you think.
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