The good news: Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert De Niro are teaming up to star in a new film from Martin Scorsese. The disappointing news: It’s for a short film promoting a casino. According to Deadline, RatPac Entertainment is producing a short film that will be used as a campaign for Melco-Crown Entertainment, a global resorts and casino brand. In addition to nabbing three movie stars and a legendary director, Terrence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street) will handle the script. The film will premiere next year at a new movie-themed resort in Studio City, Macau. I assume it will be about how casinos are awesome as opposed to Casino, which shows a glamorous world of delights masking a seedy, violent underbelly.
Despite the short’s purpose, I’ll still watch it if I get a chance. It’s too exciting to see this kind of talent align for any project. I just wish it were a real feature, but as Deadline points out, this short could at least function as a bit of a warmup for another project. In particular, there’s the Frank Sinatra movie Scorsese has been kicking around the past few years.