Martin Scorsese’s movies deserve to be seen on the big screen, and Apple is giving the acclaimed director the biggest screens possible. Scorsese’s upcoming Western epic “Killers of the Flower Moon” will screen in IMAX theaters upon its release, Apple announced Wednesday. The company shared the news alongside the release of the full trailer for the film, which can be watched below.
Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by journalist David Grann, “Killers of the Flower Moon” is set in the 1920s on the Oklahoma land of the native Osage Nation tribe. During the turn of the century, oil was discovered in the area, which turned the Osage into some of the wealthiest people in the world. The tribe’s newfound wealth, however, led to tragedy, as at least 60 Osage were killed between 1918 and 1931.
An FBI investigation into the murders eventually found rancher William Hale (played by frequent Scorsese muse Robert De Niro) as the mastermind behind the plot to eliminate the Osage to gain control of their oil rights. The film follows the events of the murders through the perspectives of Hale’s nephew Ernest (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his wife, Osage native Mollie (Lily Gladstone). Jesse Plemons, Brendan Fraser and John Lithgow also star in the film, directed by Scorsese from a screenplay he wrote with Eric Roth.
Scorsese’s first project since his 2019 Best Picture nominee ‘The Irishman’, ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ had its world premiere out of competition at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival in May. There, it was immediately met with rave reviews, with critics particularly praising Scorsese’s direction and Gladstone’s performance.
In his review outside the festival, IndieWire film critic David Ehrlich wrote that “Scorsese turns ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ into the kind of story he can yet tell better than anyone else: a story about greed, corruption and the the dappled soul of a country born of the belief that it belonged to anyone callous enough to accept it.
“Killers of the Flower Moon” will premiere in select theaters on October 6, followed by wide release on October 20. The film will be streamed worldwide on Apple TV+ from a yet-to-be-announced date. Following the film’s release, Scorsese and DiCaprio will re-team with Apple on an adaptation of their grandmother’s latest non-fiction work, the shipwreck survival story “The Wager.”