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Leonardo DiCaprio’s new film is based on this truly horrific crime case

The Killers Of The Flower Moon depicts a string of brutal murders that came to be known as the “Reign of Terror.”

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The Killers Of The Flower Moon depicts a string of brutal murders that came to be known as the “Reign of Terror.”

is based will no doubt attest, this is a wholly accurate read of the scene.What were the Osage murders?The Killers Of The Flower MoonisApple Studios’ adaptation of journalist David Grann’s non-fiction book of the same name, which means it is set to explore a string of brutal murders that came to be known as the “Reign of Terror.”

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An almost forgotten chapter in American history, the victims in this story are the Native American people of the Osage tribe, who – after being forced from their homelands and almost exterminated – signed a treaty with the US government in 1865 that allowed them to purchase patches of inhospitable land in northeast Oklahoma.

In 1894, though, crude oil was discovered under the land, and the Osage became incredibly wealthy almost overnight. Then, one by one, the Osage began to die under violent or mysterious circumstances.Why was Mollie Kyle’s marriage doomed?As the death toll climbed higher and higher, the FBI joined forces with a former Texas Ranger, Tom White, to unravel the mystery. And together, they exposed one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history; a crime ring led by rancher William Hale (Robert De Niro) had set upon murdering the Osage in order to obtain their wealth.

You may also likeHorror films based on true crime cases: 10 terrifying films based on real life eventsThe plot was far darker than even that, though. Due to the aforementioned treaty, it was only by marrying into the tribe that the rights could be legally claimed by outsiders – so Hale had his nephew, Ernest, marry Mollie Kyle, a full-blooded Osage.

As detailed by Grann in his book, Hale then arranged for the murders of Mollie’s sisters, her brother-in-law, her mother, and her cousin, Henry Roan – and Mollie inherited all of their wealth as a result.When investigators eventually caught on to the cold-blooded plot, they discovered that Mollie was already being poisoned. Thankfully, she recovered and, after the trial, divorced her murderous husband. Her children inherited all of her estate when she died of unrelated causes in 1937.

What do we know about Martin Scorsese’s film adaptation?As mentioned already, Scorsese has joined forces with Apple Original Films to adapt Grann’s book for the silver screen, and he has met withOsage Nation’s Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bearto ensure the project is handled sensitively, too.

“When I read David Grann’s book, I immediately started seeing it – the people, the settings, the action – and I knew that I had to make it into a movie,” said Scorsese of the project.“I’m so excited to be working with Eric Roth and reuniting with Leo DiCaprio to bring this truly unsettling American story to the screen.”

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You may also likeStanding Bear added: “We want to make sure [Scorsese’s] people have everything they need, in terms of Osage artisans, Osage language … those people are still here in the community and would love to help.“We are very thankful you are here and that you are willing to tell this story.”

Who stars inThe Killers Of The Flower Moon?Joining DiCaprio, De Niro, and Gladstone are Jesse Plemons, William Belleau, Louis Cancelmi, Jason Isbell, and Sturgill Simpson, as well as indigenous actors Tantoo Cardinal, Cara Jade Myers, Jillian Dion, and JaNae Collins.

It is also worth noting that, as reported byVanity Fair, the talented Gladstone is of “First Nation heritage” and “lived until she was 11 on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana.”“I consider it a true gift and great responsibility to be trusted with Mollie Burkhart, and will hold her preciously with both arms, close to my heart,” said Gladstone, when her role in the film was made public.

“My most profound thanks to Osage Nation, it is a remarkable gift to be welcomed by you, and to be able to tell this story.You may also likeIs there a trailer forThe Killers Of The Flower Moon?Currently, there is no trailer forThe Killers Of The Flower Moon

. We will be sure to update you as soon as that changes.When willThe Killers Of The Flower Moonbe released?The Apple Studios film is currently shooting and a release date has not yet been announced.Sign up for the latest news and must-read features from Stylist, so you don't miss out on the conversation.

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