A new trailer for Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman is now online. Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, The Irishman spans multiple decades, telling the story of the mob’s dealings with American politics. Despite its three and a half hour run time, fans have been incredibly excited to see Scorsese’s latest, and the wait for its arrival is almost over.
The trailer debuted on Wednesday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and it highlights the story of De Niro’s Frank Sheeran. The narrative spans from his time as a young man in the army to his older years after working with the mob. You can watch the full trailer in the video above!
When compared to the previous trailer, this one is much more upbeat and energetic, which tonally is in line with some of Scorsese’s other crime films (like The Wolf of Wall Street and Goodfellas, which are referenced in a title card here). The footage establishes Frank Sheeran’s character with some classic comic juxtaposition, intercutting between Frank’s meeting with his lawyer and Frank out on the job for the mob. Frank compares his responsibilities to his time in the military, but things begin to get out of hand when Jimmy Hoffa declares war on big business and the government. Those familiar with The Irishman’s story know Frank claimed he was involved with Hoffa’s murder, an event that’s alluded to near the end of the trailer. Based on the footage, it looks like Frank needs to make a difficult choice to go through with the hit – which is inevitable regardless of what he does.
Despite the impressive pedigree behind it, there remain some lingering questions regarding The Irishman. Chief among those is the film’s extensive use of digital de-aging technology, which allows the veteran ensemble to appear as their “younger” selves for a significant portion of the movie. Cinephiles got their first taste of the visual effects during the summer when the first Irishman trailer built up to the reveal of the de-aged De Niro.