Martin Scorsese’s follow-up to The Irishman is on the way, and it will mark the filmmaker’s sixth collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio on a film. The Oscar-winning actor has been attached to star in Killers of the Flower Moon with Scorsese for some time, but as was reported late last year, he will no longer be playing the same role he originally signed on for. The film’s screenwriter, Eric Roth, has cleared things up regarding the decision for the actor to switch characters.
In the process of getting Killers of the Flower Moon ready to start production, the Forrest Gump and A Star Is Born writer and Leonardo DiCaprio apparently had some arguments with one another regarding the script. Eric Roth commented at the time that he “won half” of them, but some rewrites were ultimately made. Now everything is in place and the movie is expected to begin production next week. Roth said this about the process:
Killers of the Flower Moon is an adaptation of the 2017 book by David Grann, which tells the true story of the Osage Murders that took place in 1920s Oklahoma and inspired a major FBI investigation. Considering the movie will follow a real event, Eric Roth and the other filmmakers involved spent a lot of time fine-tuning the script. As a result, DiCaprio backed out of his previous role, which was given to Jesse Plemons. Roth continued with these words to Collider:
According to Eric Roth, DiCaprio and Plemons’ role will have about equal screen time as well. Instead of the Wolf of Wall Street actor playing the “hero” of the story, he will play a more complicated character in Killers of the Flower Moon. Jesse Plemons will play Tom White, a special agent on the Osage murders case, whilst Leo DiCaprio is reportedly playing Ernest Burkhart, who is directly connected to the crimes.
Killers of the Flower Moon is reportedly budgeted at $200 million and will be produced for Apple TV+ following Martin Scorsese’s work with Netflix for The Irishman in 2019. Also joining the project is Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Tantoo Cardinal and Sturgill Simpson. Eric Roth is boasting the movie as a massive Western project that will be “one for the ages.”
Leonardo DiCaprio’s last film was 2019’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and he recently wrapped his work on Netflix’s Don’t Look Up with Jennifer Lawrence, which is expected to come out later this year. Killers of the Flower Moon is likely to be released in late 2022.
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