Pacino to star in Scorsese’s Sinatra film?

Martin Scorsese wants Al Pacino to play Frank Sinatra in his long-touted biopic of Ol’ Blue Eyes. Frequent collaborator Robert DeNiro is also in Marty’s sights to play Dean Martin.

Scorsese dropped the news in an interview with The Hindu (he’s currently promoting Shutter Island‘s release in India).

The conversation moved from mental asylums to the legendary director’s oft-rumoured take on Sinatra’s life. Scorsese said:

“I’ve had it in mind for a long time. Even the initial script is ready. I’m yet to spot the actor who can bring back Frank Sinatra alive on screen. My choice is Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro as Dean Martin.”

For a time Johnny Depp was rumoured to be the lead contender for the plum Sinatra role, as was Leonardo DiCaprio (if only because the past four Scorsese films have all featured Leo as the star).

Of course, these actors might still be in the running. As Scorsese mentioned previously, he would like several actors to play Frankie:

“[I]n structure I’d like it to be more like GoodFellas. But like The Aviator, it only deals with certain times in his life. We can’t go through the greatest hits of Sinatra’s life. We tried this already. Just can’t do it. So the other way to go is to have three or four different Sinatras. Younger. Older. Middle-aged. Very old. You cut back and forth in time – and you do it through the music. See what I’m saying? So that’s what we’re trying for. It’s very tricky [laughs].”

I think it’s fair to assume Pacino would play the ‘very old’ incarnation of Sinatra.

We may be waiting a little while before we hear confirmation of this film even going ahead, let alone casting. Scorsese will soon begin shooting his next film, a 3D adaptation of Brian Selznick’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. The director also has a couple other projects on his plate, including another DeNiro-collaboration called The Irishman and perhaps even Silence, based on the 1961 Japanese novel. We’ve made our peace with the fact that he probably won’t make that Taxi Driver sequel with Lars von Trier.

But still, Pacino as Sinatra. It’s fun to imagine, no?

Discuss: Scorsese. Pacino. DeNiro. Sinatra. Do too many icons spoil the broth?

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