Directed and produced by Martin Scorsese, a recipient of many accolades including nine Academy Award nominations for Best Director, four British Academy Film Awards, three Golden Awards, and many more, Killers of the Flower Moon is a movie, an adaption of one of the best-selling books, “The Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and The Birth of FBI” by David Grann.
This movie is an upcoming American crime drama film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, who is also the co-producer, alongside Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, and Lily Gladstone. A well-known pair, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have already done five films and one short film since 2002, and this is going to be the sixth one.
The Killers of the Flower Moon Cast
The cast went through a few changes during pre-production. Earlier, Leonardo DiCaprio was supposed to be the lead role, Tom White, the FBI agent. But later he had his role changed to that of Ernest Burkhart and Jesse Plemons took his place as Tom White.
Here’s the final cast of The Killers of the Flower Moon:
- Leonardo DiCaprio (as Ernest Burkhart)
- Jesse Plemons (as Tom White)
- Brendan Fraser (as W.S. Hamilton)
- Robert De Niro (as William Hale)
- Barry Corbin (as Undertaker Turton)
- John Lithgow (as Prosecutor Leaward)
- Tantoo Cardinal (as Lizzie Q)
- Louis Cancelmi (as Kelsie Morrison)
- Jay Paulson (as Car Salesman)
- Lily Gladstone (as Mollie Burkhart)
- Nathaniel Arcand (as Ancestor-Warrior)
- Cara Jade Myers (as Anna Brown)
- JaNae Collins (as Reta)
- Jillion Dion (as Minnie)
- Michael Abbott Jr. (as Frank Smith)
- Willian Belleau (as Henry Roan)
- Jason Isbell (as Bill Smith)
- Sturgill Simpson (as Henry Grammer)
- Scott Shepherd (as Bryan Burkhart)
- Gary Basaraba (as Willian J. Burns)
- Tatanka Means (as John Wren)
- Steve Eastin (as Judge Pollock)
- Steve Witting (as Doctor James Shoun)
- Pat Healy (as John Burger)
- Joey Oglesby (as Roy Bunch)
The Killers of the Flower Moon Release Date
Though the release date is not announced yet, it is expected to be released in 2022, as the filming wrapped up on 1st October 2021. The production of this movie came across a couple of obstacles.
First, the production of The Irishman delayed the process and then in April 2020, the filming was postponed owing to coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the high budget of the movie caused Paramount Pictures, its distributor, to deal with an additional partner, Apple TV+ and it came out as a co-financer and co-distributor.
The Killers of the Flower Moon Trailer
The Killer of the Flower Moon does not have an official trailer yet, everyone is eager for this movie, an adaption of one of the bestselling books.
The Killers of the Flower Moon Plot
The Killers of the Flower Moon movie
This movie is about the members of the Osage Nation in the US who are murdered under mysterious circumstances in the 1920s, sparking a major FBI investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover.
Let’s look into the book, from which the movie has been adapted.
The Killers of the Flower Moon Book
Written by David Grann, The Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of FBI, was titled as one of the best books of 2017 by the New York Times and many other journals and newsletters, also one of the best-reviewed books of the year.
This book won an Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime, an Indies Choice Award for the best adult nonfiction book of the year, a Spur Award for best work of historical nonfiction, Anthony Award for Best Critical/Nonfiction Work, and the Oklahoma Book Award for an outstanding book on Oklahoma history
This book describes a series of murders of the book that took place in the 19th century when the Osage gained a lot of wealth due to the discovery of oil under their land, haphazardly investigated by various law enforcement unless the FBI agent J. Edgar Hoover took the lead.
About the Author of the Book
David Elliot Grann, one of the best-selling authors and award-winning writer, whose first bok was #1 New York Times bestseller, published another amazing book on April 18, 2017.
As David Grann, in an interview, talked about his journey as the author of The Killers of the Flower Moon, he said that he had never heard of this incident but at one point, a historian had mentioned it to him. And then he made a trip out to the Osage Nation in Oklahoma and he visited a museum there. At that point, he had no plans of writing a book or even a story or anything. When he was at the museum, there was a great photograph on the wall taken in 1924.
It showed the members of the Osage Nation with white settlers. It looked very important but then he noticed that a portion of the photograph was missing. He asked the museum director about it and she told David that it had a figure so frightening that she decided to remove it. She then pointed to the missing panel and told him that the devil was right there.
She went down in the basement and brought up an image of the missing panel. It actually had an image of one of the killers of the Osage, the demon, who had murdered many of them for their oil money. What went through David’s mind was that the Osage had removed that picture not to forget what happened, but because they couldn’t forget. And yet so many people, including us, had no idea of this event. This book, written by him, grew out of trying to understand what was the figure was.
He later went through an old logbook of the white guardians of the Osage Nation, which had every guardian and the Osage people whose wealth they maintained. It had a horrible number of deaths of the Osage people under every guardian’s name, more than any death rate in any nation and this created a sense of conspiracy. The book slowly turned from who did it to who didn’t do it.
Everyone is waiting for the movie to be released and is hoping for the film to be as amazing as the book was.