Robert De Niro to Star in Dual Roles in Gangster Drama for Barry Levinson

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.

Source: Variety


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Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Awards Circuit and Screen Radar. He has conducted interviews with some of the best in the business - learning more about them, their projects and their crafts. He is a graduate of the RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.

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