Anna Paquin has officially joined Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Jack Huston, and Bobby Cannavale (this cast… be still my heart) in his upcoming Netflix gangster picture, The Irishman.
The film, based on Charles Brandt’s I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran and the Inside Story of the Mafia, the Teamsters, and the Final Ride by Jimmy Hoffa – which is a helluva title – tells the story of retired Teamsters heavy hitter Frank Sheeran (De Niro). On his deathbed, Sheeran allegedly confessed to killing infamous Teamsters troublemaker Jimmy Hoffa, whose body has still never been found.
Al Pacino will play Hoffa, which seems pretty weird since the two of them look nothing alike. Joe Pesci will play Russell Bufalino, of the Bufalino crime family with whom Sheeran was rumored to be in cahoots with.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anna Paquin will play Peggy, Frank Sheeran’s daughter. It’s nice to see Paquin back in something, anything. She has been basically absent – appearing in only a smattering of shows and films – since True Blood ran out of steam over at HBO.
The Irishman is written by Steven Zaillian. There is no confirmed release date yet for the film, but expect it some time in 2018.