Whenever Robert De Niro signs on for a gangster project, you know there’s the chance for something special. The Godfather Part II, Goodfellas, even Analyze This. De Niro brings it when playing a mobster. Well, it appears he’s going back to that well once more, with one of his former directors joining in this time, as well.
According to Variety, De Niro is set to play opposite himself in the gangster film Wise Guys, with none other than Barry Levinson directing. The article states the movie will follow Italian American crime bosses Vito Genovese and Frank Costello. In the late 1950s, Genovese tried to assassinate Costello, who was injured and then tried to retire from the mov. De Niro is expected to play both of the main characters. None other than Nicholas Pileggi has penned the screenplay. De Niro is a legend and so is Levinson (Joey in fact recently interviewed him here), so this pairing definitely makes Wise Guys one to watch out for.