The Irishman star Robert De Niro has joked that he hopes the digital technology used to de-age him in Martin Scorsese's upcoming crime-drama will extend his career by "another 30 years".

The 76-year-old told The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that the de-aging used for his performance took "a lot of work to do" with small dots attached to De Niro's face to allow his appearance to be digitally altered. 

"I'm happy because maybe it'll extend my career by another 30 years," De Niro added as he shared the new trailer for the film with the audience.

Based on Charles Brandt's non-fiction book I Heard You Paint Houses, The Irishman is a biopic of Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran, a mob hitman who claimed to have been involved in the murder of union boss Jimmy Hoffa in 1975.

De Niro plays Sheeran, with Al Pacino playing Hoffa and Joe Pesci cast as mob boss Russell Bufalino.

Although De Niro, Pesci and Scorsese have worked together previously on Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino, The Irishman marks the first time Pacino and Scorsese have worked together.

De Niro told talk show host Fallon that The Irishman is not "another Goodfellas".

"It's a very simple story," he explained.

"It's about loyalty, and a guy stuck in the middle of two people and he had to make a choice. It was a matter of survival for him to make the choice he did, not to give it away..."

The Irishman is due to open in selected cinemas on November 8 and will stream on Netflix from November 27.

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