Leonardo DiCaprio has shared a first look photo from director Martin Scorsese’s new film project, Killers of the Flower Moon.
The photo features DiCaprio as Ernest Burkhart and co-star Lily Gladstone as Mollie Burkhart, an Osage married to Ernest, who is the nephew of a powerful local rancher, played by Robert De Niro.
The film is based on David Grann’s novel, and the story is set in 1920s Oklahoma. It depicts the serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation, a string of brutal crimes that came to be known as the Reign of Terror. Here’s a description of the story:
At the end of the nineteenth century, the Osage Indians were driven onto a presumed worthless expanse of land in northeastern Oklahoma. But their territory turned out to be atop one of the largest oil deposits in the United States; to obtain that oil, prospectors were required to pay the tribe for leases and royalties. By the 1920s, the members of Osage Nation had become the wealthiest people per capita in the world. And then the Osage began to die under mysterious circumstances.
Screenwriter Eric Roth recently talked about the project, saying it’s going to be,
“nothing we’ve ever seen” and that it’ll be “one for the ages.” He explained:
He also explained:
“I know Marty’s trying to make a movie that’s probably the last Western that would be made like this, and yet, with this incredible social document underneath it, and the violence and the environment. I think it’ll be like nothing we’ve ever seen, in a way. And so this one is, to me, one for the ages.”
He also discussed DiCaprio’s character saying that his character was,
“very complicated and very interesting.”
There’s no released date yet for the film, but it will be coming to Apple TV+ are some point in 2022.