Jesse Plemons replaces Leonardo DiCaprio as protagonist of ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

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Jesse Plemons headline the cast of ‘Killers of the Flower Moon‘, the long-awaited next Martin Scorsese film that we remember to be distributed worldwide by Apple (upon payment of a large sum of money).

Plemons, who already worked with Scorsese on ‘The Irishman’ and has pending the premieres of films such as ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’, ‘Jungle Cruise’ or ‘Antlers: Dark Creature’, assume the role that was originally planned to out for Leonardo DiCaprio, who for reasons that have not transpired finally assume a secondary role.

Written by Eric Roth (‘Forrest Gump’, ‘El dilema’, ‘Mnich’) from David Grann’s bestseller that we know in Spain under the title of ‘The killers of the flower moon’, the film, described as a kind of western, is set in Oklahoma in the 1920s and revolves around the serial murder of several members of the wealthy Osage Nation.

Plemons to play Tom White, the FBI agent tasked with investigating those murders. For her part, Lily Gladstone (‘Billions’) will get into the shoes of Mollie Burkhart, an Osage married to the character that DiCaprio plays, Ernest Burkhart, nephew of a powerful local rancher named William Hale who will be played by Robert De Niro.

According to THR Plemons he has had to choose between participating in this project or in the next Jordan Peele film, in which he would also have played the title role. Despite the fact that it has been tried that it could combine both filming, this will not finally be possible since both will take place throughout this coming summer in a practically parallel way.

Killers of the Flower Moon‘will be a production of Apple Studios, Appian Way Productions, Sikelia Productions and Imperative Entertainment, with Scorsese and DiCaprio serving as producers alongside Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas. Its premiere is scheduled for 2022.

Scorsese has been very topical this week, having published a (wonderful) essay in Harper’s Magazine entitled on his beloved Federico Fellini. An essay that under the title ‘Il Maestro’, you can read here (if you haven’t already).

Finally, we leave you with the official synopsis of David Grann’s book published in our country by Penguin Random House, whose full title in Spanish is ‘The Flower Moon Killers: The Crimes in the Osage Nation and the Osage Nation and the Birth of the FBI’.

In the early 1920s, members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma became the richest people in the world. After huge oil deposits were discovered under their reserve, the Osage lived in mansions, dressed in furs and expensive jewelry, traveled in chauffeured cars, and had white servants.

But soon, the Osages began to mysteriously disappear or be killed, one after another. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. His three sisters were killed. One was poisoned, another was shot and the third was killed in an explosion. Other members of the Osage Nation dwell in mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the crimes were also killed.

As the death toll mounted, the newly created FBI took over the case, and its young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a member of the Texas Rangers named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an underground team, which included a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage, began to uncover one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.