- Film And TV
- 18 Feb 21
Based on David Grann’s bestseller and set in 1920s Oklahoma, 'Killers of the Flower Moon' depicts the serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation.
With recent star turns in Judas and the Black Messiah and I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Jesse Plemons has nabbed the lead role in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming crime flick Killers of the Flower Moon.
After working as a scene-stealing charactor actor for 20 years, Plemons is stepping up to a bigger stage after earning the protagonist role in a Scorsese film.
This isn't the first time that the actor has worked with Marty, playing a small part in 2019’s The Irishman alongside Robert De Niro - who also stars in Scorsese's new film.
Killers of the Flower Moon is based on David Grann’s non-fiction bestseller of the same name. It delves into the murders of native Osage peoples in Oklahoma in the 1920s after oil deposits were discovered on their land. Grann also explores how that experience influenced the recently-formed FBI.
Plemons will take on the lead role of FBI agent Tom White, while Robert De Nero plays a powerful rancher named Burkhart. Leonardo Dicaprio is Burkhart's nephew Ernest, and Lily Gladstone will portray the part of Ernest’s Osage wife, Mollie.
Eric Roth wrote the script, and Apple is providing the reported $150 million budget for Scorsese.
Plemons is also slated to star opposite Keri Russel in Scott Cooper’s horror film Antlers (recently pushed back to October 29th, 2021) while Scorsese is setto direct a documentary on the New York Dolls’ David Johansen.
Yesterday, the legendary film director took aim at the modern media industry in a new essay for the March 2021 issue of Harper's Magazine - which honoured the late Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini.
Entitled Il Maestro, the essay denounces streaming platforms and the devaluing of cinema as "content".
"We can't depend on the movie business, such as it is, to take care of cinema. In the movie business, which is now the mass visual entertainment business, the emphasis is always on the word 'business,' and value is always determined by the amount of money to be made from any given property."