Trailer drops for Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro
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The first trailer for Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon has just dropped, and features Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro.
Killers of the Flower Moon is a dark crime drama directed by Scorsese, who needs little introduction but brought us Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, and The Wolf of Wall Street, amongst others.
De Niro and DiCaprio have been frequent collaborators, as you can see from the list above.
This film has been a long time coming, with development starting way back in 2016.
Of course, there were some unavoidable pushbacks, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, but we’re nearly ready to see what they’ve been working on for all this time.
The film will receive a premiere at Cannes Film Festival on 20 May, before it will be released in selected cinemas on 6 October later this year, before a wider release across the US on 20 October.
If you’re a subscribers to Apple TV+, you’ll be able to watch it on there, from the comfort of your own home.
Hey, it’s nice to go out to the pictures though, isn’t it?
The film – which is based on a true story – is set in the 1920s after members of a Native American tribe were discovered murdered in strange circumstances.
A 29-year-old J. Edgar Hoover – who became the head of the FBI later in life – investigated the crime alongside an ex-Texas Ranger called Tom White.
The film is based on a non-fiction book by David Grann called Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.
As well as Leo and Bobby, the cast includes stars such as John Lithgow, Jesse Plemons, Lily Gladstone, and – much to everyone’s collective delight – Brendan Fraser.
This is the 10th time that De Niro has worked with Marty. The Taxi Driver actor praised a decision to change the focus during production, switching to telling the story more from the perspective of a suspect, Ernest Burkhart, than the forces of the law.
Bobby said: “I’d read the book a few years earlier and the Tom White character [the aforementioned ex-Ranger] was more prominent.
“That was right for the book, but Marty and Leo’s idea to focus on the relationship between [De Niro's character] Bill and [his nephew] Ernest made sense to me.
“They wanted to focus more on that dynamic instead of Tom White coming in and saving the day.”
He continued: “It made the most sense to show what’s going on in that world, the dynamic between the nephew and the uncle,
“I don’t know if you would call it the banality of evil, or just evil, corrupt entitlement, but we’ve seen it in other societies, including the Nazis before WWII.
"That is, a depressing realisation of human nature that leaves people capable of doing terrible things. [Hale] believed he loved them, and felt they loved him.
“But within that, he felt he had the right to behave the way he did.”
We'll all find out whether he's right or not when we get to see the full thing, but - for now - the trailer seems pretty exciting.