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By John McCarthy, Opinion editor

January 14, 2015 | 2 min read

Hollywood heavyweights Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio have hit the big screen together for the first time in a short for Melco-Crown Entertainment’s (MCE) new Hollywood-style holiday resort and casino in Macau.

The minute-long ad entitled ‘The Audition’ was set in the Studio City resort and boasts the directorial prowess of veteran movie-maker Martin Scorsese, as the first in a series of designed to promote the launch of the casino chain, owned by billionaire Lawrence Ho.

The premise is that Leonardo Di Caprio and Robert Di Nero, playing themselves, are “vying” for the same role as a 'wiseguy' casino owner however in a twist of fate, the role is instead offered to Brad Pitt.

The series, developed by RatPac Entertainment, is reported to have cost $70m. It was written by Terence Winter who also worked on Scorsese’s ’the Wolf of Wall Street’ and 'Boardwalk Empire'.

Director Brett Ratner, whose company RatPac Entertainment produced the films, said: "This short film is a historic event because it is the first film ever to star such legendary actors as Robert De Niro, Leonardo Dicaprio and Brad Pitt in one film together.

"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."

A second ad can be viewed below. Brad Pitt is expected to make an appearance in the third film according to the company.

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