12/15/2010 05:03 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Robert De Niro: Al Pacino, Joe Pesci Joining 'The Irishman'

As Scorsese revealed recently, "The Irishman" is still on track, with financing currently coming together with an eye toward starting production next year. Based on the novel "I Heard You Paint Houses," the story follows a World War II vet-turned-mob hitman with rumored ties to the assassinations of President Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa. In the same conversation, De Niro confirmed that Al Pacino and Joe Pesci will also be taking part in the first film.

"[W]e do have the one that we're definitely doing. Me, Joe Pesci, Pacino and Marty Scorsese directing," he said.

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