Leonardo DiCaprio is perfectly recognisable – if very worried-looking – in the first Killers of the Flower Moon trailer, which sees Martin Scorsese recount a case from the early days of the FBI in 1920s Oklahoma.
It’s been a heck of a long time coming, but we finally have our first look at Martin Scorsese’s latest film – and it looks just as paranoid, star-studded and mysterious looking as we’d expect.
Based on the 2017 non-fiction book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by American journalist David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon will be Scorsese’s first outing since 2019’s Oscar-nominated The Irishman debuted on Netflix.
Check out the new trailer below:
Initially scheduled to enter production in 2018, Killers was one of the many film projects hobbled by the pandemic, and didn’t get off the ground properly until February 2021. Its ballooning $200 million budget apparently makes it the most expensive film ever shot in Oklahoma – judging by the epic scale of the trailer, it’s not hard to see why.
Starring DiCaprio alongside Lily Gladstone, Brendan Fraser, Jesse Plemons and Scorsese stalwart Robert De Niro, the plot centres on a series of murders taking place in Osage County and Washington County in the early 1920s, after large oil deposits were discovered underneath land owned by the Osage people.
We even get a cheeky glimpse of said oil – the trailer opens with some folks dancing and cheering beneath an oil geyser. Judging by the plot synopsis above, and the generally unhappy mood of the rest of the trailer, it doesn’t look like they’ll be too happy for long.
Killers of the Flower Moon has its world premiere coming up at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday 20th May, and will release worldwide in cinemas on October 6, before streaming globally on AppleTV+.