It's a passion project for Martin Scorsese, to depict the life of one Frank Sheeran, the titular Irishman. Based on Charles Brandt's I Heard You Paint Houses, Robert De Niro plays Sheeran, who recounts milestones in his past, including his meetings with the head of the mob, Russell Bufalino (played by Joe Pesci) to his alleged assassination of Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino).
Considered to be one of Scorsese's most expensive film to date, The Irishman boasts a ballooning budget of USD175 million. The primary reason for the exorbitant cost? CGI. Digital witchery was needed to de-age De Niro for his scenes as a 30-year-old.
We get to see if the de-aging pays off when The Irishman comes out later this year.
The Irishman will be shown in limited theatres, followed by digital streaming on Netflix.