Leonardo DiCaprio’s New Film, Killers Of The Flower Moon, Is Out This Week

Culture
By Rufus Punt | 18th October 2023
Killers of the flower moon

On the hunt for the latest blockbuster guaranteed to win an award or two? One of the most hotly anticipated films of the year is Killers of the Flower Moon, the newest film from legendary director Martin Scorsese.

‌The film sees him not only direct, but also collaborate with the two actors most closely associated with him: Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro, alongside Lily Gladstone (Reservation Dogs). After debuting at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the release is now coming to a screen near you. Here’s everything you need to know.

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What’s Killers of the Flower Moon about?

‌Set in the 1920s in Oklahoma, the film tells the story of the FBI investigation into the murders of several members of the Native American Osage tribe. It’s based on the book of the same name, released in 2017, and has been a long time coming: Scorsese and DiCaprio began working on it the same year.

‌The book, by journalist David Grann, is non-fiction and details the real events of wealthy Osage tribe members being killed and driven out of their homes due to the discovery of oil in Oklahoma land.

DiCaprio plays Ernest Burkhart, a man married to Mollie, an Osage woman (Gladstone), and whose uncle is William Hale (DeNiro), a cattle rancher who has ideas of exploiting the oil under the Osage lands and is accused of plotting hits on Osage members. Burkhart might have a loving romance with his wife but he feels strained by his conflicting loyalty to his uncle.

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Who else stars?

In the cast of Killers of the Flower Moon is Jesse Plemons, who made his name in Breaking Bad and Fargo, and plays Tom White, an FBI (then known as the BOI) agent tasked with investigating the suspicious William Hale. Meanwhile, recent Oscar winner Brendan Fraser stars as Hale’s corrupt attorney W.S. Hamilton. The Crown, and The Old Man star John Lithgow plays Prosecutor Leeward, and actress Tantoo Cardinal (Three Pines) plays Mollie’s mother, Lizzie Q. Intriguingly, singer-songwriter Jack White also has a small undisclosed role in the film.

What else do we know?

Killers of the Flower Moon was one of the most acclaimed films to come out of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, getting critical acclaim across the board. The performances (with Lily Gladstone in particular) and story were all praised, and critics due attention to the difficult themes of America’s history with Indigenous people. If you’re planning to see it, make sure to be prepared for the long haul: the film’s runtime clocks in at just shy of 3 and a half hours when all is said and done.

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When will it be released?

While Scorsese’s previous film The Irishman was on Netflix, Killers of the Flower Moon is being released by Apple TV in cinemas on 20th October, and will follow on Apple TV+ later.

Watch the trailer


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