Joseph Russo played Joe Pesci in Jersey Boys (2014).
Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci appeared in Raging Bull (1980), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Goodfellas (1990), A Bronx Tale (1993), Casino (1995), and The Good Shepherd (2006).
The budget was set at one hundred million dollars.
Third collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Bobby Cannavale. The others being Boardwalk Empire (2010) and Vinyl (2016).
At one point, it was conceived as being a two part film.
The second Martin Scorsese film designed by Dante Ferretti starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, the prior film being Casino (1995).
The relatively new production company, STX, secured international rights on the movie. They are a young studio focused on making mid-budget, adult-targeted, star-powered films, which include: The Gift (2015), The Boy (2016), and Hardcore Henry (2015).
Initially set up at Paramount Pictures, who was planning to release it domestically, as well as Media Asia, who picked up Chinese distribution, and STX Entertainment, who took international rights. After Paramount Pictures lost confidence in the film's one hundred million dollar budget, in tandem with the departure of studio chief Brad Grey, it was put in turnaround, and Netflix acquired the rights.
This is Martin Scorsese's twenty-fifth theatrical movie.
Stephen Graham previously worked with Martin Scorsese and Steve Zaillian on Gangs of New York (2002).
In 2003, while on his deathbed, Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran revealed that he killed Jimmy Hoffa, stating that it was really hard on him, because Hoffa was his good friend, but "it was business". This has yet to be confirmed as a fact by the authorities.
This is the first feature film directed by Martin Scorsese to star Robert De Niro since Casino (1995).
Al Pacino was offered the role of Jimmy Conway in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas (1990). He has regretted turning down that role ever since.
Filming began in August 2017.
Casino (1995) was the last Martin Scorsese directed film, in which Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Craig Vincent appeared.
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