First Look at Leonardo DiCaprio Starring Alongside Sturgill Simpson in New Martin Scorcese Film

by Anna Dunn

Leonardo Dicaprio looks very different in a new still from the upcoming Martin Scorcese film, Killers of the Flower Moon. The highly anticipated film stars Leonardo Dicaprio, Lily Gladstone, and Sturgill Simpson.

Killers of The Flower Moon is based on a nonfiction novel of the same name by David Grann. The book recounts the Osage Nation murders that took place in the 1920s. During that time, Osage Nation members were murdered and targeted following the discovery of oil on their land.

The Film Follows a Tragedy

A court eventually ruled that a cattle farmer named William Hale and his two nephews, Ernest and Bryan Burkhart, committed the murders. However, the court only charged hale Hale with one of the murders. Ernest Burkhart was let out on parole. In addition, a court pardoned him in the 60s. The third murderer, Bryan Burkhart, never saw jail time.

Leonardo DiCaprio plays Ernest Burkhart, who marries Mollie Kyle (Lily Gladstone). Kyle was an Osage woman who was an heir to her family’s newfound oil fortune. Tragically, she married Burkhart under the guise of love. Burkhart married her as part of his family’s conspiracy to steal the Osage Nation’s wealth.

In 2019, Martin Scorcese met with Osage Nation’s Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear about making the film. There, Scorcese said, “what really got to me was the intrinsic sense of evil. What is it in us that makes us capable of committing these acts of evil.”

Meanwhile, former Chief of the Osage nation, Jim Gray, wrote in Indianz about the film. He hoped whoever got cast as Molly would have a deep understanding of the role. “She must put herself in [Mollie Kyle’s] world, how does someone know what part of the Osage ways to keep, what to put away, what western ways to adopt or resist or more importantly, who to trust, who to love or who to hate?”

Lily Gladstone lived on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana until she was 11, and her portrayal of Molly Kyle will be one to watch.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone are Amongst a Powerhouse Cast

The film features multiple talented actors. This includes Robert De Niro, Cara Jade Myers, Sturgill Simpson, William Belleau, Jesse Plemons, Jillian Dion, Jason Isbell, Louis Cancelmi, Scott Shepherd, and Janae Collins.

Filming began in April after the pandemic caused delays, and they are filming in Oklahoma. Scorsese said that the location was crucial.

“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,” the infamous director said.

Killers of The Flower Moon will have a theatrical release with paramount and funding from Apple. Furthermore, Paramount has not announced a release date. Considering they’re just starting to release stills, it should be months away.