Leonardo DiCaprio & Lily Gladstone are an unlikely couple caught in the greed of 1920s Oklahoma.
The new trailer for Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon stars the two as Ernest Burkhart, and Mollie Kyle. They form an “improbable relationship,” according to the synopsis.
The film is based on David Grann’s bestseller of 2017 about a true tale. It’s “an epic western crime story where real love meets unspeakable treachery.”
The synopsis says that oil made the Osage Nation rich overnight. The wealth of Native Americans attracted White interlopers who used extortion, manipulation and theft to steal as much Osage cash as possible before resorting murder.
Also included in the cast are Robert De Niro (Jesse Plemons), Tantoo Cardinal (Jesse Plemons), John Lithgow Brendan Fraser Cara Jade Myers JaNae Collin, Jillian Dion William Belleau Louis Cancelmi Tatanka Means Michael Abbott Jr. Pat Healy Scott Shepard Jason Isbell Sturgill Simpson.
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DiCaprio told Deadline in May that the story of the movie was complex.
He said that Mollie and Ernest really showed how complex and twisted some of these things were, from a cultural perspective. “A lot Osage women married White men who came to prey upon them, take over their rights and seize their money.”
He added, “Yet, what struck my attention was a scene from the first draft, where Ernest and Mollie testify to their part in this horrifying plan. “They loved each other.” This was the twisted, complex story that made it a dark American tale.
Scorsese, 80, is DiCaprio’s sixth collaborator. The two previously collaborated on Gangs of New York (2002, The Aviator 2004, The Departed 2006, Shutter Island 2010 and The Wolf of Wall Street 2013).
DiCaprio said to Deadline that they “did a great deal of work in order to help Marty tell his best story, which is a human one.”
The Oscar-winning actor said, “To understand both the complexity and the darkness of human nature.” “Here was the richest nation in the world, with the richest people per capita. In Oklahoma, freed slaves created their own economies and the Osage became this wealthy culture.
He continues: “But, during that time you also had the rise of white supremacy and the KKK as well as this clash of cultures.” Some of these White settlers saw it as a gold rush, a chance to exploit people of color.
Killers of the Flower Moon will be in select cinemas on Oct. 6 and then everywhere on Oct. 20. It will later stream via Apple TV+.