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Martin Scorsese still wants to unite De Niro, Pacino and Pesci for 'The Irishman'
Martin Scorsese and his longtime collaborator Robert De Niro may be reuniting for "The Irishman" -- and the director opes that Al Pacino and Joe Pesci will join in on the mob movie fun.
After years of development, the long-gestating pet project may finally be coming to fruition, but only after Scorsese shoots another long-in-the-works film, the religious-themed period drama "The Silence." "Amazing Spider-Man" star Andrew Garfield recently signed on to play the film's main role of a 17th century Jesuit missionary in Japan.
However, "Irishman" would find Scorsese on more familiar turf.
The film centers on Frank Sheeran, a WWII vet who became a mob hitman and may have been involved with the deaths of J.F.K. and Jimmy Hoffa.
"It is a perfect role for Bobby and hopefully we also get with Joe Pesci and Al Pacino," Scorsese told the Morroccan journal Moviezine. "But that's a minor film, almost a chamber play."
Steve Zaillian ("Schindler's List," "Moneyball") is writing the screenplay, based on the book by Charles Brandt.
After teaming for such films as "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull" and "Goodfellas," Scorsese and De Niro haven't worked together since 1995's "Casino," which co-starred Pesci.