Scorsese Teams Up with De Niro and DiCaprio in $70 Million Project

Scorsese Teams Up with De Niro and DiCaprio in $70 Million Project

15 Jan 2015 | 01:01 Author: King, George

Martin Scorsese is one of Hollywood’s most esteemed directors and although he has worked with both De Niro and DiCaprio on separate projects, the three have never been in the same film together, until now.

Academy Award winning Director, Martin Scorsese has made many a film starring both actors – De Niro starring in films such as Casino, Goodfellas and Taxi Driver and DiCaprio featuring in Gangs of New York, The Departed and the recent smash hit, the Wolf of Wall Street – but both actors and director have never appeared in a project together.

The project that has seen the three Hollywood greats unite is a $70 million marketing campaign for James Packer’s new Manila Casino and is a “film” that sees De Niro and DiCaprio go head to head for the lead role in Scorsese’s latest production, dubbed “The Audition”.

The films are shot on location in the City of Dreams Casino in Manila and Studio City in Macau, both of which form part of James Packer’s latest project under the Australian casino mogul’s Crown Resorts Asia joint venture with Melco Crown Entertainment, a $1.7 billion project that includes three casinos.

The first teaser trailer (below) shot in Manila, shows De Niro and DiCaprio bumping into each other in the lobby of the City of Dreams Casino and realizing they are both, as Scorsese puts it, vying for the same role. The trailer also features Brad Pitt in a brief cameo and it is rumored that Brad Pitt will make a cameo in the third film, released later in 2015.

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The second teaser trailer, this time shot in Studio City, Macau, follows along the same lines as the first and shows the two actors realizing that they are competing for the same part in Scorsese’s new film. Scorsese goes on to explain the role the two are vying for.

“This is a very complex character,” Scorsese tells the two. “He’s suave, he takes risks. He can be just as comfortable negotiating a takeover as he is playing high-stakes Blackjack.”

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Brett Ratner, a producer on the project as well as James Packer’s partner in RatPac Entertainment, a motion picture financing company, spoke about the project. “This short film is a historic event because it is the first time ever to star such legendary actors as Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in one film together. Mr. Lawrence Ho and Mr. James Packer served as Executive Producers and convinced iconic filmmaker Martin Scorsese to direct the film whom I was thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with. The cooperation between Mr. Scorsese and the Melco Crown Entertainment brand is synergistic because of the fact that Mr. Scorsese has collaborated with Mr. De Niro on 8 films and with Mr. DiCaprio on 5 films and is working with Mr. Pitt for the first time. Our hope is that the trailer for “The Audition” gives audiences an early look into what will surely be an important cinematic experience directed by one of the most culturally influential directors in the history of Hollywood films. I look forward to the Global Premiere of the film at the launch of Studio City in mid-2015.”

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