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First Half Of Scorsese's The Irishman To Feature De-Aged Cast

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There hasn’t been much news on Martin Scorsese’s next film called the Irishman. Set to debut on Netflix later this year the film has garnered much attention due to it’s stacked cast and subject matter that could make any longtime film fan smile. The picture is based on a novel by Charles Brandt called “I Heard You Paint Houses. The film stars Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family, and Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa. Alongside Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, Bobby Cannavale, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Romano whom also star. It follows, Frank Sheeran a labor union official with mob connections, recalls his involvement in the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa, an American labor union leader.

Now let’s start with what we know already it has an amazing cast. With Scorsese directing and it’s set to be released on Netflix. We also have known for a while now that Scorsese is going to attempt to use the De-Aging technology first used in The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and most recently used in Ant Man and The Wasp. De-age technology is a visual effects technique used to make an actor look younger, primarily used in flashback scenes most often. However initial reports thought that the technique would be used sparingly through the majority of the picture. Although thanks to some new developments we now know that may not be the case.

According to Yahoo Movies UK, they got to speak to the film’s editor and longtime collaborator of Scorsese’s Thelma Schoonmaker, who states.

“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.”

Thelma says it’s a very “expensive project” and notes that because so much of the film is visual effects heavy, the editing process has been unique.

“We’re seeing some of it, but I haven’t gotten a whole scene where they’re young, and what I’m going to have to see, and what Marty’s going to have to see is, ‘How is it affecting the rest of the movie when you see them young?’ Interestingly, we’ve only been able to screen for very few people, because they’re wearing some things on their faces, and on their clothes, that tracks their movement… Nobody minds. Nobody minds watching them play young, because they’re gripped.”

Hearing all this is not too much of a surprise given the fact that Paramount, who distributed Scorsese’s last movie known as Silence passed on the project and gave it to Netflix. Whom also took care of the most recent Cloverfield movie. The move was natural one, now she continues to discuss the film’s tone in the piece claiming "It’s not goodfellas” echoing comments made by Scorsese made previously whom likened the film to be less of a gangster movie and more of a character piece with the story being a reflection on a mans life choices.

Although there’s been no word on a release date, some expect the picture to be released in late fall in order to compete for next years Oscars. So what are my thoughts on the matter. I am super excited about this film and I am glad to be alive to say that I got to watch a Martin Scorsese Mob Movie (even though he’s not calling it that) I’m inspired by his work and I am glad to see him around and kicking it. I’m sure the picture is going to be solid. However It should be pointed out that although this may be a passion project of Scorsese it’s not guaranteed to be a success, now although this hasn’t happened to often but Silence which I mentioned earlier was the last movie that Scorsese released cost a lot to make and if you look at the numbers not many people saw it. I went to go see it and loved it. I just wonder if he might be getting into the same situation here with Netflix. Now I’m not saying it’s time to hit the panic button what I do want to present is the facts. Although De Aging technology has been a recent development in holly wood film making most notably used in the Marvel Studio movies. The technique has not been fully tested for an hour long feature but it looks to be like Martin Scorsese is going to be the one to try it out as he should. However with the technology still so new I’m still hesitant on how they’ll get the actors to act as if they are in their early to late 20’s or 30’s when in real life there in 50’s,60’s and 70’s. You can’t do one without the other. Although anything is yet to be seen of the movie this is Martin Scorsese I’m talking about and if anyone deserves the benefit of the doubt it’s him. I would love to get your opinion on the manner so by all means leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Written By William Christian Praise

No release date has been set for the Irishman