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New York Film Festival will open with Martin Scorsese's The Irishman in fall 2019
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Joshua Rothkopf

In a programming coup that ranks with its 2014 world premiere of David Fincher's Gone Girl, the New York Film Festival just thrilled legions of Martin Scorsese fans by announcing that The Irishman, Scorsese's return to the gangster genre, will be its 2019 edition's opening-night selection. The Netflix release will play the festival on Friday, September 27, at Alice Tully Hall before opening theatrically in November, per a source at Netflix. Long developed by Scorsese as a dream project, The Irishman joins Goodfellas and Casino as another operatic, pop-drenched epic into a criminal world and its lifestyle. The main cast—hold your breath—includes Scorsese regulars Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel and Joe Pesci, actors who have been digitally "de-aged" for certain sequences. Other members of the cast include Al Pacino, Anna Paquin, Jesse Plemons, Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano, the latter being the secret weapon of The Big Sick and Scorsese's aborted TV series Vinyl. It's Scorsese's second Netflix film this year, following the mischievous Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese. The streaming service must count its high-profile inclusion in the NYFF as a company landmark. Netflix opened the festival once before, in 2016, with Ava DuVernay's galvanizing 13th, but not with the cachet of Scorsese, NYC's most revered filmmaker. Needless to say, we'll be there, front row. We'll have complete coverage of the festival come September, along with the rest of the lineup and our picks for the best of the fest.

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