Al Pacino stars in the major new Television series Hunters for Amazon Prime, which was released earlier this week. The veteran Film actor has decided to make the move into TV at the grand age of 79 – he reaches the notable milestone of 80 this April – after making his name mainly in movies in an acting career that has spanned more than five decades.

With an enviable film CV amassed over that colossal period – including his unforgettable portrayal of Mafia boss Michael Corleone in “The Godfather” films – there has been little time to branch into television in addition it seems.

But the opportunity has finally arisen with the launch of the 10-episode series “Hunters”, featuring a determined group of Nazi hunters in the 1970s based in New York.

'Hunters' is based on a true story

Promoted as being inspired by a true story, “Hunters” centres around the discovery of many high-ranking Nazi officials being located in late 1970s New York City, with the premise that they may be conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the United States. Appalled at the possibility and the disastrous consequences that could arise, the hunters determine to bring the assembled group to justice and to avert any plans of genocide in the future they may harbour.

Pacino plays a mysterious millionaire Meyer Offerman in the new TV series, which includes flashbacks to the Holocaust.

Offerman assembles a team of Nazi hunters including Jonah Heidelberg, played by Logan Lerman, who co-starred with Brad Pitt in “Fury”.

Critical acclaim for 'The Irishman'

It’s been a long road for Pacino, but the soon to be octogenarian shows little sign of retiring from the limelight nor film action. The recent film “The Irishman” received much critical acclaim, as Pacino hooked up with fellow veteran actors Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci on the Martin Scorsese - directed epic crime film project.

Pesci is believed to have come out of his unofficial retirement to feature in the movie as a mobster.

Although the major acting awards may have escaped his clutches this time around, his impact on the silver screen continues to draw attention from his admiring fans. Pacino was nominated in the best supporting actor category for both an Oscar and a BAFTA at the 2020 edition of the two award ceremonies.

He starred as the important American Labour Union leader Jimmy Hoffa in “The Irishman”, which incorporated de-ageing digital effects to make De Niro, Pesci and Pacino all look younger in the film.

Brad Pitt pipped Pacino to awards

However, Pacino was unable to add to his previous accolades as it was Pitt instead who came out on top at both events, as his supporting role as a stunt double alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” took the honours. Pacino can perhaps take some solace from his rival’s success, in that he also featured in Tarantino’s film as a casting agent, once again demonstrating his versatility and strong work ethic.