Martin Scorsese Plans to Digitally De-Age Robert DeNiro for Their Next Movie Together

Martin Scorsese Plans to Digitally De-Age Robert DeNiro for Their Next Movie Together

Dec 20, 2016

Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio

Director Martin Scorsese has teamed up with many actors over the years, but none more productively than Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. With Scorsese's latest project, the intense spiritual drama Silence, opening in select theaters on Friday, many have wondered when the director might work with his favorite stars again.

Scorsese first teamed with De Niro on 1973's Mean Streets and they've since made Taxi Driver, New York, New York, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear and Casino.


Twenty years have passed and finally they're hoping to make The Irishman together. It's based on I Heard You Paint Houses, a book by Charles Brandt that told the story of a mob hitman who claimed he knew what really happened to union leader Jimmy Hoffa, who went missing in 1975.

Now 73, De Niro is touted to portray hitman Frank Sheeran, but how will the movie handle the age difference between the actor and the character? Producer Gaston Pavlovich told Cinema Blend: "You don't use prosthetics, make-up; they have acting and the technology is able to have them go through different time ages without the prosthetics. So we've seen some tests and it looks extraordinary."

The Godfather: Part II


"We were able to film Bob and just do a scene," Pavlovich said. "We saw it come down to when he was like 20, 40, 60, so we're looking forward to that, from that point of view, for The Irishman ... Imagine seeing what De Niro looked like in The Godfather: Part II (above) days, that's pretty much how you're going to see him again."

Others considered for the movie include Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Bobby Cannavale and Harvey Keitel, with every indication that the same technology can be applied to their appearance as needed.

Scorsese is also seeking to resume his partnership with Leonardo DiCaprio. Their first movie together was Gangs of New York, followed by The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street.


We heard about their proposed partnership on The Devil in the White City last year. It's based on an acclaimed book by Erik Larson about a notorious serial killer in 19th century Chicago. Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) was set to write the screenplay.

We haven't really heard anything about the project since then. Recently, however, Scorsese told Toronto Sun: “One of the things that I had to stop for the past six months was my meetings on that script. They want me to start again in January and see if we can find a way because it’s an extraordinary story.”

Scorsese still sounds enthusiastic about both projects, so perhaps they'll be the next movies that he directs. Meanwhile, Silence will open wide in theaters on January 6.

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