Martin Scorsese’s long-awaited mob movie, The Irishman, tracks three men through decades of their lives, going back as far as the 1950s. Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci are getting a CGI face-lift to play their characters when they were young. We’ve been disappointed by CGI mustaches and CGI lions. Can CGI film icons do us wrong? The brand-new teaser for The Irishman gives us just a glimpse of Robert De Niro, who plays the titular Irishman, back in the day. “Whatever you need me to do, I’m available,” he offers over the phone, computer skin glowing like he just did a face mask. The Netflix film is an epic look at organized crime throughout history; it took on a massive visual-effects project, and soon enough, you’ll get to watch it on your 13-inch laptop screen.
During February’s Oscar telecast, The Irishman got a teaser … of sorts? If you feel teased by seeing names like “Robert De Niro” and “Al Pacino” fade in and out of a black screen with a CGI bullet standing in for the letter i, then immerse yourself in this very insubstantial “peek” at a legend’s next film. All that’s missing is Mark Wahlberg adding, “Say hi to your mother for me!” The Irishman will premiere at New York Film Festival, have a theatrical release, and then begin streaming on Netflix in the fall.
Update, February 27: Martin Scorsese wants The Irishman to get a full theatrical release, and Netflix is meeting his demand. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming site will expand the limited theatrical run it gave Roma and give The Irishman a full run — which means movie theaters will get to report the movie’s box-office numbers. “Netflix wants a big footprint for The Irishman,” a source told THR. “They’ve put themselves in a position by supporting these kinds of filmmakers where they have to come to grips with the theatrical business model and how it works.”
Whatever Netflix does with The Irishman will probably affect its other buzzy movies from big-name directors that could have awards-season play: Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers movie The Laundromat, David Michôd’s Timothée Chalamet drama The King, Dee Rees’s Anne Hathaway–Willem Dafoe adaptation The Last Thing He Wanted, Fernando Meirelles’s The Pope, and Noah Baumbach’s A Marriage Story starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.