Robert De Niro said he hoped to work with director Martin Scorsese on "The Irishman," a project that would also reunite him with Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

De Niro and Scorsese have not worked together since "Casino" (1995), with the director teaming up in recent years with Leonardo DiCaprio.

"We have been trying to do (this film) for the last few years, and I think we will do it," De Niro told the art magazine Flatt.

De Niro and Scorsese would once again work on a film about the mob after teaming up to do the gangster movies "Goodfellas" and "Casino."

"The Irishman," which would be De Niro's ninth film with Scorsese, is based on Charles Brandt's novel "I Heard You Paint Houses."

"It's about a guy who ... confessed that he killed (Jimmy) Hoffa and Joe Gallo. I'm gonna play that character. That's something I'm looking forward to very much ... I think it will (happen) ... we're really working toward making it happen," De Niro said.

Scorsese said during the promotional tour for his latest film, "The Wolf of Wall Street," that the project had been in the works for several years and he was hopeful that he could make the movie with De Niro.

The 70-year-old De Niro won Oscars for his roles in "The Godfather: Part II" and "Raging Bull."

De Niro received an Oscar nomination last year for "Silver Linings Playbook" after going more than 20 years without being nominated. EFE