Netflix dropped its first teaser for Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” during the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday.
The film will pair Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, two veterans of gangster classics, including “The Godfather” saga and “Heat.” It also marks Scorsese and De Niro’s ninth collaboration together, which has included “Casino,” “Mean Streets,” “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull” and “Goodfellas.” The crime drama will be based on Charles Brandt’s 2004 book, “I Heard You Paint Houses.”
“I understand you’re a brother of mine,” the voiceover says, which is then met with, “Yeah, yeah, glad to meet ya.”
“I heard you paint houses,” said another voice. No footage was shown during the teaser.
Brandt’s book follows revelations from Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran about the 1975 disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, the killing of Joey Gallo, and J.F.K’s assassination.
A professional mobster and hit man, Sheeran claims to have killed and dismembered Hoffa, with the title of the book referring to Hoffa’s quote to him: “I heard you paint houses ” — mob talk meaning to kill a man, as a house’s walls are then covered with blood.
Scorsese’s long-gestating adaptation dates back to 2008 when it was reported that De Niro’s Tribeca Enterprises and Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions were to team up with Paramount. Pacino and Joe Pesci have both been connected to the project over the years since. The film will also feature Anna Paquin, Ray Romano, Jesse Plemons, Bobby Cannavale and Harvey Keitel.
Watch the teaser above.