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Killers Of The Flower Moon - What We Know So Far

Veteran filmmaker Martin Scorsese has a new film coming out this year following his last release, 2019's "The Irishman." The upcoming film, "Killers of the Flower Moon," was first announced by Deadline way back in April of 2017, with Scorsese then just in talks to helm the film. Scorsese became officially attached to the project over a year later in October of 2018, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio for one of the leading roles. And now, "Killers of the Flower Moon" is finally coming into fruition.

Adapted by Eric Roth, "Killers of the Flower Moon" is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by David Grann. The film will depict the real-life story of the mysterious murders of members of the Osage tribe in the 1920s. Along with directing, Scorsese will also produce the project with his company, Sikelia Productions, in tandem with DiCaprio's Appian Way Productions. The film will be distributed by Paramount Pictures, as well as Apple TV+.

Here's what we know so far about "Killers of the Flower Moon."

When will Killers of the Flower Moon be released?

As of now, there is no official release date for "Killers of the Flower Moon" announced yet. What we do know is that production officially started in April of 2021.

As reported by IndieWire, Scorsese released a statement upon the start of production, reading, "We are thrilled to finally start production on 'Killers of the Flower Moon' in Oklahoma. To be able to tell this story on the land where these events took place is incredibly important and critical to allowing us to portray an accurate depiction of the time and people."

Scorsese also directly addressed all those involved who are helping to accurately depict the lives of the Osage people at the center of the story. His statement continued, "We're grateful to Apple, the Oklahoma Film and Music Office and The Osage Nation, especially all our Osage consultants and cultural advisors, as we prepare for this shoot. We're excited to start working with our local cast and crew to bring this story to life on screen and immortalize a time in American history that should not be forgotten."

At least we know that work on the film is well underway and can hopefully expect an update on the release date in the near future.

Who will be in Killers of the Flower Moon?

Two of the most prominent stars of "Killers of the Flower Moon" are none other than two of Scorsese's most frequent collaborators: Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. De Niro will play William Hale, a rancher who becomes the prime suspect for the Osage murders. Meanwhile, DiCaprio will play Ernest Burkhart, William's nephew who is married to an Osage woman named Mollie.

Alongside DiCaprio and De Niro, Lily Gladstone ("Certain Women") will portray the character of Mollie. Aside from Gladstone, the cast will feature several other Indigenous actors, including Tantoo Cardinal, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins, and Jillian Dion (via Deadline). Cardinal will play Mollie's mother, Lizzie Q, while Myers, Collins, and Dion will portray Mollie's sisters. William Belleau will play Henry Roan, an Osage rancher.

Additionally, the lead FBI agent in the investigation, Tom White, will be portrayed by Jesse Plemons ("I'm Thinking of Ending Things"). The supporting cast is rounded out by Louis Cancelmi, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Michael Abbott Jr., and Gary Basaraba.

What will Killers of the Flower Moon be about?

In the 1920s, the people of Osage Nation in Oklahoma were becoming increasingly rich after oil was found underneath their land. Then, the Osage people began mysteriously getting murdered, one by one, leading to a huge FBI investigation into what is now considered one of the most gruesome crimes of U.S. history. David Grann reported in-depth on the events for his novel, which is now being used as source material for the film.

In discussion with IndieWire, Scorsese spoke on the film's story, stating "The film is mainly about the Osage, an Indian tribe that was given horrible territory, which they loved because they said to themselves that Whites would never be interested in it. Then we discovered oil there and, for about ten years, the Osage became the richest people in the world, per capita. Then, as with the Yukon and the Colorado mining regions, the vultures disembark, the White man, the European arrives, and all was lost. There, the underworld had such control over everything that you were more likely to go to jail for killing a dog than for killing an Indian."

Scorsese is enthusiastic about bringing this story to screen. Back when his involvement was first announced, he expressed his excitement to Deadline, stating, "When I read David Grann's book, I immediately started seeing it—the people, the settings, the action—and I knew that I had to make it into a movie. I'm so excited to be working with Eric Roth and reuniting with Leo DiCaprio to bring this truly unsettling American story to the screen."