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Killer of the Flower Moon: Osage Nation changed Scorsese’s vision

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What’s it like working with a powerful star like Leonardo DiCaprio? “Oh, that was great!” Lily Gladstone said diversity Studio, presented by Audible at Sundance. Gladstone is at the Park City festival this year with the world premiere of “Fancy Dance,” but we didn’t get to ask the actor about working with DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s “Killer of the Flower Moon.”

“You have those moments with superstars, and I think I’ve had as many moments in these great movies as I can,” Gladstone said. “A name is a different thing than a person. When you sit down and work on the scene, it’s just two actors. I am very lucky that everyone is an artist committed to what they do. It was a really refreshing thing to see. Everyone is looking for the truth of what’s going on.”

“Killer of the Flower Moon” is based on the non-fiction book by David Grann and follows the Osage Nation’s investigation of serial murders in the 1920s after oil was discovered on their land. The murders prompted the newly formed FBI to investigate. DiCaprio and Gladstone play married couple Ernest and Molly Burkhart. Also starring Robert De Niro and Jesse Plemons.

As Gladstone said diversity, Scorsese worked closely with the real-life Osage Nation to ensure his movie would accurately represent the community. Osage Nation Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear even served as a consultant for the movie. The Osage Nation positively changed “Flower Moon” from what Scorsese originally planned.

“The work is better when you let the world know the work,” said Gladstone. “It was very refreshing to be involved in the production [Osage Nation] Community. As the community warmed to our presence, the community became attached to the film. It is a movie unlike any other [Scorsese] Going to make it almost entirely because of what the community had to say about how it was being made and what was being portrayed.

“Fancy Dance” is another project in Gladstone’s filmography that ensures indigenous communities are properly represented on screen. Gladstone plays a woman whose sister disappears, leaving her to care for her niece on the Seneca-Cayuga Reservation in Oklahoma. The two eventually set out on a mission to find the missing woman.

Apple will release the “Killer of the Flower Moon” later this year.

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