Joe Pesci is coming out of semi-retirement to star alongside Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.
The film will focus on the life and disappearance of corrupt union boss Jimmy Hoffa back in the 1950s and is already shaping up to be something of a throwback to the heyday of gangster movies.
Not only does De Niro’s involvement make it a Goodfellas reunion of sorts, but there could be even bigger names to come with Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel and Bobby Cannavale all in talks to join the production according to Deadline.
Pesci took some persuading though, with the actor alleged to have said no to the film a whopping 50 times before signing on the dotted line.
The good news is that, from the sounds of it, he’ll be playing a psycho to rival Goodfellas’ Tommy DeVito or Casino’s Nicky Santoro – real life Pennsylvania Mafia boss Russell Bufalino.
Bufalino has long been suspected of having a hand in the disappearance of Hoffa and was famous for having a significant influence on the Cosa Nostra criminal organisation, with sidelines in robbery, theft, extortion, debt collection and murder.
It will be the fourth time Pesci has worked with Scorsese on a film, following on from Goodfellas, Casino and Raging Bull.
Pesci won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the former but has not featured on screen since appearing in 2010’s largely overlooked Love Ranch alongside Helen Mirren.
Prior to that, he had cameoed in the Robert De Niro-directed spy film The Good Shepherd.