Martin Scorsese’s upcoming historical crime drama Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone, will release in a limited number of theatres on October 6, followed by a wide release on October 20, before streaming globally on Apple TV+.
Scorsese and screenwriter Eric Roth adapted the screenplay from David Grann’s best-selling 2017 non-fiction book about the serial targeting and murder of members of the oil-rich Osage tribe. Apple is distributing the film in partnership with Paramount Pictures.
The Killers of the Flower Moon story centres on the FBI’s investigation of a series of murders of the Osage people that took place in Oklahoma in the early 1920s and became known as the “Reign of Terror” after oil was discovered on tribal land.
This will be the sixth collaboration between Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese. DiCaprio will play Ernest Burkhart, the nephew of cattleman William Hale (Robert De Niro), in the movie. Gladstone, who broke out in Kelly Reichardt’s 2017 film Certain Women, will play Mollie Kyle, an Osage woman who has inherited an oil fortune.
The film’s cast also includes Jesse Plemons as Tom White, a former Texas Ranger investigating the murders, and Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins, Jillian Dion and Tantoo Cardinal.
Killers of the Flower Moon is produced by Imperative Entertainment, Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions and DiCaprio’s Appian Way. It was first set up at Paramount in 2019, with Apple coming aboard in May 2020 to co-finance and co-distribute the film.