The film is directed by Martin Scorsese from a screenplay he co-wrote with Eric Roth, based on the bestselling 2017 non-fiction book titled “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann. Watch the trailer below.
According to Apple TV+, the ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ plot follows
At the turn of the 20th century, oil brought a fortune to the Osage Nation, who became some of the richest people in the world overnight. The wealth of these Native Americans immediately attracted white interlopers, who manipulated, extorted, and stole as much Osage money as they could before resorting to murder. Based on a true story and told through the improbable romance of Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Mollie Kyle (Lily Gladstone), “Killers of the Flower Moon” is an epic Western crime saga, where real love crosses paths with unspeakable betrayal. Also starring Robert De Niro and Jesse Plemons, “Killers of the Flower Moon” is directed by Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese from a screenplay by Eric Roth and Martin Scorsese, based on David Grann’s bestselling book.
‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Ernest Burkhart, Robert De Niro as William Hale, Jesse Plemons as Tom White, Lily Gladstone as Mollie Burkhart, Tantoo Cardinal as Lizzie Q, Brendan Fraser as W. S. Hamilton, John Lithgow as Prosecutor Leaward, Cara Jade Myers as Anna Brown, JaNae Collins as Reta, Jillian Dion as Minnie, William Belleau as Henry Roan, Louis Cancelmi as Kelsie Morrison, Jason Isbell as Bill Smith, Sturgill Simpson as Henry Grammer, Tatanka Means as John Wren, Michael Abbott Jr. as Frank Smith, Pat Healy as John Burger, Scott Shepherd as Bryan Burkhart, Gary Basaraba as William J. Burns, Steve Eastin as Judge Pollock, Barry Corbin as Undertaker Turton, Katherine Willis as Myrtle Hale, Jack White, and Larry Fessenden.
According to reports, the ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ final runtime is reportedly 3 hours and 54 minutes (234 minutes). Scorsese says, “I say to the audience, if there is an audience for this kind of thing, make a commitment. Your life might be enriched. This is a different kind of picture; I really think it is.”
The film is produced by Dan Friedkin, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Martin Scorsese, and Bradley Thomas. The film marks the seventh collaboration between Scorsese and DiCaprio as well as the eleventh collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro.
Production companies are Apple Studios, Imperative Entertainment, Sikelia Productions, and Appian Way Productions. The film reportedly had a budget of $200 million.
‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ will have its world premiere at the 76th Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2023. Following its debut, the film is slated for a select cinema release on October 6, 2023, before a wider release in the United States on October 20, 2023, distributed by Paramount Pictures. Additionally, the film is scheduled for an unspecified streaming release on Apple TV+.