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Apple Original Film reveals First Look of Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

Photo caption: Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone in a scene from Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated upcoming Apple Original Film, “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Gray Horse, Oklahoma 1919. DiCaprio plays Ernest Burkhart, and Gladstone appears as Mollie Burkhart, an Osage woman who falls in love with Ernest. Early in their relationship, Mollie invites him in for a meal and they form a bond. (Credit: Courtesy of Apple)

A meal. A gesture of kindness, a respectful and intimate way to welcome any guest to your home.

Apple Original Films revealed an exclusive First Look with Osage News of Martin Scorsese’s upcoming, “Killers of the Flower Moon.” In the photo, actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone share an Osage meal.

DiCaprio plays Ernest Burkhart, and Gladstone plays Mollie Burkhart, an Osage woman who falls in love with Ernest. The scene takes place in Grayhorse, Okla., in 1919 and is early in their relationship after Mollie invites him in for a meal and they form a bond, according to the release. 

“Killers of the Flower Moon” is based on David Grann’s highly praised bestseller of the same name. Set in 1920s Oklahoma, the film depicts the serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation, a string of brutal crimes that came to be known as the Reign of Terror. 

In the First Look photo, Gladstone is dressed in traditional Osage clothing. She is wrapped in a Pendleton blanket, she is wearing a black choker, two silver brooches, and her long black hair is loosely tied back. This is how she appears in the photos of her youth.

In the scene, she is looking adoringly at DiCaprio while he is looking off, perhaps a telling photo of their doomed relationship.

A bowl of grape dumplings sits on the table in red Spode China. Grape dumplings are still made to this day and Osages still use red and blue Spode dishes for their ceremonial dinners and special occasions. It’s considered the finest dishes to use by many Osage women, young and old. Judging from the meal, the dishes and the blanket Gladstone is wearing, this was most likely an important dinner.

In 1919, the Osages were still unaccustomed to the great wealth they were receiving from oil royalties and the oil boom that was happening around them. According to Grann’s book, Mollie was just 10 years old when oil was first discovered on the Osage reservation. The Spode dishes in the scene, the ornate wood furniture, the silver utensils and their nice home show that her family was receiving these oil royalties. This type of wealth would be coveted by Burkhart who moved to Oklahoma from Texas to work in the oil fields and was virtually penniless.  

A native of Montana, Gladstone is of Blackfeet and Nez Perce descent. She made her film debut in Alex and Andrew Smith’s “Winter in the Blood,” and has recently appeared on Showtime’s “Billions,” as well as Kelly Reichert’s features “Certain Women” and “First Cow.”

“Killers of the Flower Moon” also stars Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, as well as Tantoo Cardinal, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins, Jillian Dion, William Belleau, Jason Isbell, Louis Cancelmi, Scott Shepherd, Sturgill Simpson and many others.

Scorsese produces and directs “Killers of the Flower Moon” for Apple Studios from a screenplay by Eric Roth and Scorsese. Producing alongside Scorsese is Imperative Entertainment’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas, and Leonardo DiCaprio and Appian Way Productions.


Shannon Shaw Duty

Original Publish Date: 2021-05-10 00:00:00

Shannon Shaw Duty

Title: Editor


Twitter: @dutyshaw

Topic Expertise: Columnist, Culture, Community

Languages spoken: English, Osage (intermediate), Spanish (beginner)

Shannon Shaw Duty is the editor of the Osage News. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a master's degree in Legal Studies, Indigenous Peoples Law from the OU College of Law. She served on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) from 2013-2016 and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee from 2017-2020. She is a Chips Quinn Scholar, a former instructor for the Freedom Forum’s Native American Journalism Career Conference and the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute. She is a former reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. She is a 2012 recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive the Elias Boudinot Free Press Award, NAJA’s highest honor. An Osage tribal member, she and her family are from the Grayhorse District. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and six children.

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