Deadline is reporting that Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale and Joe Pesci have joined the cast of Martin Scorsese’s crime drama about Jimmy Hoffa disappearance The Irishman.
The Irishman is set to be based on the Charles Brandt novel ‘I Heard You Paint Houses’, which is the deathbed story from mob hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran about the disappearance and death of Jimmy Hoffa. Frank Sheeran was a member of the Bufalino crime family out of Pennsylvania and became a confidante of Hoffa. According to Sheeran’s story, Hoffa was driven to a house near the Red Fox restaurant (the place where he was last seen) and shot twice in the back of the head in the hallway, then cremated in a mob-connected funeral home. Floor planks where Hoffa would have hit the floor were pulled up and tested for DNA more than 10 years ago. Of the two good samples taken, the FBI could confirm nothing sold as one was inconclusive and the other could only reveal that it was a male….the rest is lore. The name of the book comes from the first thing Hoffa reportedly said to Sheeran (‘I heard you paint houses’), which means when blood is splattered all over the floor and walls after a hit. Steve Zaillian is set to adapt the screenplay.
Joe Pesci officially joining the project comes after him saying no multiple times until a deal was sealed this week. Pesci will be playing the role of Russell Bufalino, a Mafia boss that has long been suspected of having a hand in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. The report doesn’t state what roles Keitel and Cannavale will have in the film. They’ll be joining iconic actors Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.
Robert De Niro is attached as a producer alongisde Martin Scorsese, Fabrica’s Gaston Pavlovich, Jane Rosenthal, Randall Emmett and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. The film is set to begin production next month in New York and proceed until December.