Exclusively from Deadline; Stephen Graham has been cast to play the key role of Genovese mob cappo Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano in the Netflix, Martin Scorsese film The Irishman about the disappearance of union leader Jimmy Hoffa.
The Irishman is based on the book 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 by Charles Brandt. Robert De Niro as been casted as Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran while Al Pacino will portray Jimmy Hoffa.
“Tony Pro” Provenzano “was a teamster who rose into the top ranks of organized crime. He was considered a top associate of Hoffa during the 1970s and was believed to have played a part in Hoffa’s disappearance.” In 1978, Provenzano was convicted in the murder ofLocal 560 Secretary-Treasurer Anthony Castellito and sent to prison. On December 12, 1988, Provenzano died of a heart attack in prison at age 71.
Deadline discussed that the “project has long been embroiled in controversy when the author of the book I Heard You Paint Houses (which is slang for a hit, ala “painting” the walls with blood) Charles Brandt penned it based on the deathbed confession of Frank ‘The Irishman” Sheeran.” The FBI could never corroborate Sheeran’s story.
The film is tentatively set for release in 2019 by Netflix.