The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Ray Romano is the latest name to join the cast of Martin Scorsese’s crime drama about Jimmy Hoffa’s 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.
The report states that Ray Romano (whose recent credits include Ice Age: Collision Course and Vinyl) will be playing the role of Bill Bufalino, a Teamster lawyer with ties to the mob. Robert De Niro is set to be playing the role of Sheeran, the tough Irishman hitman who is said to have carried out over 25 mob murders, including that of legendary Teamster head Hoffa, who will be played by Al Pacino. Recently it was revealed that Joe Pesci joined the cast and Harvey Keitel and Bobby Cannavale are in various stages of negotiations to join the film.
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.