Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson have been cast in Martin Scorsese’s newest project Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone. Based on the 2017 book by David Grann, it tells the story of the Osage murders and birth of the FBI.
According to Variety, here’s a quick synopsis of the film:
“The Apple Original Film adaptation takes place in 1920s Oklahoma and depicts a string of brutal murders of Osage Nation Native Americans, which came to be known as the Reign of Terror.
The Osage Nation, who were the richest people per capita in the world, were killed one by one after oil was discovered on their land. As the death toll rose, the newly-created FBI took up the case and unraveled a chilling conspiracy and one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.”
Sturgill Simpson will play rodeo champion and bootlegger Henry Grammer, who also happens to be a good friend of William “Bill” Hale (played by Robert De Niro) Meanwhile, Jason Isbell will play Bill Smith, the white husband of a Native American woman who is tragically killed in an explosion.
Jason Isbell let us in on the news with an Instagram post thanking Scorsese for the opportunity.
This isn’t Sturgill’s first time on the big screen, having been part of a few movies including The Hunt,The Dead Don’t Die,Queen & Slim,and Materna, among others. And it turns out, it’s not Jason’s first time either, having played an uncredited party guest in Deadwood: The Movie and a pastor in the TV Series Squidbillies, but this will be his first credited role in a major movie.
The film doesn’t yet have a release date, but it will be available to stream on AppleTV when it’s out.
It’s always so cool to see people you’re a fan of in places you wouldn’t think they belong, so I’m really excited to see how this turns out.
Since it’s Scorsese, probably a solid chance it’s going to be gold… I’ll have to at least get the AppleTV free trial to watch this one when it’s out.