Chilling New Trailer for ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ is Scorsese, De Niro and DiCaprio at Full Bore
The second trailer for Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon transports us back to the turn of the 20th century, offering a peek into a lesser-known side of American history dominated by the pursuit of wealth and the insatiable grasp of greed. Marking the iconic director’s first big-screen blockbuster since 2019’s The Irishman, this Apple Original film brings to life David Grann’s riveting non-fiction novel, which delves into the chilling wave of murders that plagued the Osage people in 1920s Oklahoma.
While the book primarily focuses on FBI agent Tom White and his role in solving the mystery, Martin Scorsese‘s upcoming film takes a different approach. Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the complex role of Ernest Burkhart, entangled in a tumultuous romance with Osage tribe member Mollie Kyle, portrayed by Lily Gladstone. Contrary to the white-saviour narrative, Scorsese crafts a dark and twisted tale, shining a spotlight on Burkhart’s involvement in the killings, with his uncle Bill Hale, played by Robert De Niro, as his accomplice.
Their active involvement in the systematic killing of Osage people, including the poisoning of Burkhart’s own wife, creates a haunting and morally complex narrative. As per the film’s official synopsis, “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… Killers of the Flower Moon is an epic western crime saga, where real love crosses paths with unspeakable betrayal.”
The script for Killers of the Flower Moon has undergone significant revisions from its original version. According to THR, the first draft featured a white protagonist as the lead character, but subsequent revisions shifted the focus to a more complex portrayal—a man torn between love and his uncle, Hale. Alternate versions of the script even explored the perspective of the FBI agent. In an interview with Deadline, Martin Scorsese expressed his dissatisfaction with the initial draft, stating, “There’s no mystery. So, what is it? A police procedural? Who cares! We’ve got fantastic ones on television.”
So, in an effort to craft a deeper and more complex narrative, Scorsese shifted the film’s focus towards exploring the “mindset of the people who did this” and the underlying institutional racism that allowed the series of murders to persist for an extended period. The latest trailer for Killers of the Flower Moon offers a gripping glimpse into the dark and tumultuous historical epic of murder and mayhem in the pursuit of oil aka “black gold”. Set to the beats of Halluci Nation’s “Stadium Pow Wow,” the trailer teases a whirlwind of gunshots, intense fights, and an intoxicating blend of romance and drama.
Robert De Niro guides us through the gripping trailer, delivering some exceptional and foreboding dialogue that has simply left us hooked. “The Osage. They have the worst land possible. But they outsmarted everybody,” says De Niro in the trailer.
“The land had oil on it. Black Gold.” But it’s not just bullets and brawls that grab your attention. It’s the insatiable craving for wealth that drives these characters to their limits. Amidst all the unfolding chaos, we also catch a glimpse of the interesting romance between DiCaprio’s Burkhart and Lily Gladstone’s Mollie Kyle.
If you’re familiar with Scorsese’s films, then you know his affinity for assembling captivating casts. Killers of the Flower Moon is no exception, boasting a star-studded ensemble that oozes charisma. Leading the pack is Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays Ernest Burkhart. He is joined by the legendary Robert De Niro as his uncle, Bill Hale. Recent Oscar-winner Brendan Fraser also joins the ranks as Hale’s attorney, while Oscar nominee Jesse Plemons steps into the shoes of FBI agent White. Lily Gladstone portrays Mollie Burkhart, and Jack White makes a notable appearance in a smaller role.
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In an interview with Deadline, DiCaprio shed light on the historical backdrop of Killers of the Flower Moon. He explains, “Here you had the wealthiest nation, the richest per capita people in the world. You had this melting pot in Oklahoma where freed slaves had created their own economy, and the Osage emerged as this wealthy culture. But you also had, during that period, the rise of the KKK and white supremacy and this clash of cultures. For some of these white settlers, it was like a gold rush to take advantage of people of colour.”
Killers of the Flower Moon is set to premiere on October 6, followed by a wide theatrical release on October 20. The film will later be available for streaming on Apple TV+.