You loved them apart in The Godfather Part II and together in Heat. A little less-so together in Righteous Kill. Now imagine Al Pacino and Robert De Niro reunited under the direction of Martin Scorsese. Sounds like the making of a great gangster flick, but the duo are actually being named as potential leads for the director's planned Frank Sinatra biopic. That's right, Pacino would play the Chairman of the Board (with blue contacts, I guess, since his eyes are brown) with DeNiro supporting as his fellow Rat Packer. The suggestion comes directly from Scorsese's mouth to the Indian press (via The Playlist) while promoting Shutter Island over in the East Asian subcontinent. "I'm yet to spot the actor who can bring back Frank Sinatra alive on screen," he said specifically. "My choice is Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro as Dean Martin."

Yeah, and how about Sidney Poitier as Sammy Davis Jr. while you're at it? I don't want to disregard the talents of these actors, but nobody is going to accept them in these roles unless the biopic is done I'm Not There-style and is at least slightly distanced from authenticity from the get-go through aliases and other roman à clef devices. We've already heard the format for Scorsese's film will similarly involve multiple actors playing Sinatra at different points of his life, and formerly there was a report that Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp or George Clooney could fill a younger version of the music and film icon. But the filmmaker doesn't seem interested in something as experimental as that Bob Dylan-based film. The only way I can think of two heavies like Pacino and De Niro being cast is if they're merely cameo appearances at the film's end, after we've watched some unknowns portray Frank and Dino in the rest of the film. Does anyone else think that could work at all?
CATEGORIES Casting, Cinematical