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Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” Reveals A Teaser Trailer

During the Academy Awards last night, Netflix dropped a bit of a bombshell. At one of the commercial breaks, they revealed the very first Teaser Trailer for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming gangster tale The Irishman. It was a definite surprise, as the rumors have been swirling about when and where the film might debut. To be fair, this announcement from the streaming giant to the Oscar viewing world that they have a new contender to play with doesn’t show us anything, but it still was an unexpected tease. You’ll be able to see the Teaser Trailer at the end of this post, obviously, but first, let’s spend a bit of time speculating about the movie, shall we?

The film is Scorsese’s return to the world of organized crime. The IMDb synopsis is as follows: “A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.” For a slightly longer breakdown, Amazon has this for the book upon which the movie is based: “”I heard you paint houses” are he first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran. To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than twenty-five hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa.” Robert De Niro plays Frank Sheeran, while Al Pacino plays Jimmy Hoffa. Prominently joining in on the Scorsese reunion is Harvey Keitel, playing Angelo Bruno, as well as Joe Pesci playing Russell Bufalino. Nothing more is really known, but speculation will run rampant until more is revealed in the months to come. Scorsese obviously directs a script by Steven Zaillian, based on Brandt’s book. Seann Sara Sella composed the score, while the cinematography is by Rodrigo Prieto. As always, Thelma Schoonmaker edits. The A-list cast also includes Bobby Cannavale, Jack Huston, Domenick Lombardozzi, Sebastian Maniscalco, Jim Norton, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Ray Romano, and many more.

This Teaser gives us nothing to go by, but it still whets the appetite. There’s a tiny bit of dialogue between Robert De Niro and Al Pacino with the phrase “I heard you paint houses” involved, but that’s really it. Oscar wise, however, it seems poised to be a huge contender. You’ll see more on Friday when I post year in advance predictions, but Netflix should have an across the board campaign here. Look for efforts in Best Picture, Best Director (for Scorsese), Best Actor (for De Niro), Best Supporting Actor (for Keitel, Pacino, and/or Pesci), Best Supporting Actress (for Paquin), Best Adapted Screenplay (for Zaillian), Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects. Without question, it’s one of 2019’s biggest potential Academy Award players.

You can see this Teaser for The Irishman next, but just keep your expectations in check. This is merely designed to get you excited for the fact that Scorsese has a new film coming out, and one reuniting the likes of De Niro, Keitel, Pacino, and Pescio, to boot. Whether it premieres at Cannes, New York, Telluride, Toronto, or just hits Netflix and theaters in the fall, it’s one to look out for. When we have more on it, you better believe we’ll bring it to you. For now, this is it. Take a look at the Teaser and sit tight for a better look in the months to come…

Here now is the Teaser Trailer for The Irishman:

Stay tuned for more on The Irishman this year!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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