As the first total lunar eclipse of 2022 gets ready to grace North America with a super flower blood moon, the crew of the movie “Killers of the Flower Moon” have returned to Pawhuska to shoot final footage.
The film crew started returning to Oklahoma around May 1, and is back in force now, adding palpable energy – and traffic – to the streets of Pawhuska.
The lunar eclipse will start around 9:15 p.m. Sunday, May 15, and continue until 1:15 a.m. Monday. Totality will be from 10:29 p.m. to 11:45 p.m., according to NASA. During totality, and depending on pollution and other factors, the moon likely will look supernaturally large and red due to how the light bends around Earth as it lines up between the sun and moon.
The book by David Grann takes its name from an Osage saying about how small flowers that bloom on the prairie are overcrowded each spring by larger plants.
The film, directed by Martin Scorsese, will tell the story of the Osage Reign of Terror in the 1910s and ‘20s, when greedy whites befriended, married and murdered Osages for the oil headrights that had brought them great wealth.
The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemons and John Lithgow but it also features several Osages – including Everett Waller, Yancey Red Corn, Addie Roanhorse and the late Larry Sellers – in speaking roles as well as in background parts. It was filmed largely in Pawhuska, Bartlesville and Fairfax.
None of the stars are expected to return for the final filming.
No release date has been officially set.