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Martin Scorsese returns with the upcoming $200 million-budgeted thriller “Killers of the Flower Moon” later this year.

Eric Roth and Scorsese penned the script based on David Grann’s best-selling book, which explores the serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation during the 1920s. The murders prompted the newly-formed FBI to investigate.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Brendan Fraser, John Lithgow and “Certain Women” breakout Lily Gladstone co-star in the film, which was shot in Oklahoma with the cooperation of members of the real-life Osage Nation.

Gladstone, talking with Variety at Sundance to promote the film “Fancy Dance,” says Scorsese’s efforts to ensure his movie would properly represent the community ended up significantly changing the filmmaker’s original plans for the story:

“The work is better when you let the world inform the work. That was very refreshing how involved the production got with the [Osage Nation] community. As the community warmed up to our presence, the more the community got involved with the film. It’s a different movie than the one [Scorsese] walked in to make almost entirely because of what the community had to say about how it was being made and what was being portrayed.”

Osage Nation chief Geoffrey Standing Bear served as a consultant on the movie in which Gladstone plays a woman whose sister disappeared, leaving her to care for her niece on Seneca-Cayuga Reservation in Oklahoma. The two set out on a mission to locate the missing sister/mother.

Apple will release the film later this year, with a specific date to be announced at a later time.


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