Back in 1980, Martin Scorsese directed a fascinating character study that explored the life of boxer Jake La Motta in ‘Raging Bull’ with his troupe of actors Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Frank Vincent (the 4 have collaborated on several films). For their efforts, Raging Bull earned them 6 Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor/Actress, Cinematography, Director, Picture and Sound… and 2 Oscar wins for Robert De Niro “Best Actor” and Thelma Shoonmaker “Best Editing”.
And now, it’s time for Hollywood to summon forth all the magic of cinema one more time for… ‘Raging Bull 2’. But this time, instead of Martin Scorsese… Martin Guigui (Beneath the Darkness) will be directing. Also, Robert De Niro will not be reprising his Academy Award winning role as Jake La Motta. Did we mention De Niro’s Best Actor Oscar win yet?
This time actor William Forsythe (Boardwalk Empire) will be playing Jake La Motta in a cast that includes Natasha Henstridge (Species), Ray Wise (The Aggression Scale), Joe Mantegna (Airheads), Paul Sorvino (A Fine Mess), Harry Hamlin (Clash of the Titans), James Russo (Beverly Hills Cop) Mike Starr (Dumb & Dumber) and Robert Davi (The Profiler).
Don’t believe us? Here’s the exclusive casting breakdown that went out over the weekend which confirms that Raging Bull 2 has the green light:
SAG – works Tuesday June 5th – you must have your current SAG card to work. I am looking for men and women to play bar crowd in the 1930’s. Men must have hair that can be slicked down. Ladies should have med to long hair no highlight or any super current colors. You should know how to use rollers in your hair to achieve the 1930’s look. I am also fitting sizes so make sure you have your current sizes with your submissions. Also let me know if you have any wardrobe that would work for the 1930’s Thanks
The plot is being kept hush hush, but we do know that Raging Bull 2 will act as both a sequel and a prequel jumping back and forth in time throughout Jake La Motta’s life, perhaps as he recalls stories from his youth set before Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull takes place and picking up from where it left off.
It may be of interest to know that both Robert De Niro and William Forsythe starred together in Sergio Leone’s ‘Once Upon A Time In America’ in 1984, again 4 years after De Niro won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance as Jake La Motta in Raging Bull.
And of course, since you’ve heard so much about De Niro’s Oscar win, we thought you’d probably want to see it for yourself to believe it! Here it is… Robert De Niro winning an Oscar for Raging Bull!
Oscar Bonus: Good Will Hunting 2!