Leonardo DiCaprio Discusses the Rewrite of Killers of the Flower Moon and Change in Focus

 

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese Make Bold Rewrite Decision for “Killers of the Flower Moon”

Leonardo DiCaprio Discusses the Rewrite of  Killers of the Flower Moon and Change in Focus

Leonardo DiCaprio has recently shared his thoughts on the major rewrite that took place for “Killers of the Flower Moon“, Martin Scorsese’s upcoming historical epic. The original script revolved around the character of FBI agent Tom White, who was supposed to be played by DiCaprio, as he investigates a series of gruesome murders within the Osage Nation during the 1920s. This storyline was in keeping with David Grann’s 2017 book of the same name, which majority of the film was based on. However, DiCaprio and Scorsese were not content with this angle and decided upon a rewrite. The filmmakers felt that telling the story from the perspective of the FBI did not do justice to the true events that took place. As a result, the script was altered to give more focus on the Osage community and their experiences during this dark chapter of American history.

A Change of Heart

In a recent joint interview with co-star Lily Gladstone for British Vogue, Leonardo DiCaprio expressed his dissatisfaction with the way the movie “Killers of the Flower Moon” portrayed the Osage story. According to DiCaprio, the film failed to fully immerse the audience in the intricacies of the story. However, there was a small scene between two characters, Mollie and Ernest, which was so emotionally charged that it captivated DiCaprio and Gladstone. The actors started to delve deeper into the complex and twisted relationship between the characters, which was unlike anything they had ever experienced before.

A Tale of Greed and Tragedy

Ernest Burkhart, a World War I veteran, finds himself entangled in a sinister scheme concocted by his uncle that aims to rob the Osage Nation of its immense wealth. Initially cast to play a different role in “Flower Moon,” DiCaprio had to switch to the role of Ernest after the original script was scrapped. The revised script now centers on Ernest and his complex relationship with his wife, Mollie, an Osage woman whose family members are brutally murdered. DiCaprio’s portrayal of Ernest is set to be the film’s main lead, while Jesse Plemons steps into the shoes of FBI agent Tom White, playing a supporting role to DiCaprio’s character.

A New Perspective

During a recent interview with Time Magazine, acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese revealed that he had to undergo an extensive rewrite of his upcoming movie after realizing that it was predominantly about white male characters. Scorsese expressed his concern about taking an approach that only considers the perspective of the dominant group, stating that he had been approaching the story from the outside in. This realization prompted him to re-evaluate the story’s premise and make significant changes to ensure that it was more inclusive and representative of diverse perspectives.

A Surprising Turn of Events

In a recent interview with Interview magazine, Gladstone revealed that the original script included three pages of dialogue that were proving to be quite challenging. However, the COVID-19 pandemic brought everything to a standstill, and Gladstone assumed that the project had been abandoned. A year later, Gladstone received an unexpected request to have a Zoom meeting with the legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Following the meeting, Gladstone was sent new sides that had beats, and to their surprise, the previously dialogue-heavy scene now had minimal dialogue. This was a turning point for Gladstone, who was thrilled to be able to plug a character into the revamped scene and bring it to life.

Standing Up for Justice

In a recent interview, producer and screenwriter Erica Tazel Gladstone revealed that the original script for the upcoming movie “Flower Moon” had a different focus. According to Gladstone, the original story centered around the FBI, with Mollie and Ernest playing a supporting role. However, after a rewrite, the movie’s storyline shifted to highlight the Osage community’s perspective. Gladstone explained that this rewrite was necessary to ensure that the film was not a “white-savior story.” Instead, the film puts a spotlight on the Osage people, who are portrayed as actively seeking help to address the injustices they face. By doing so, the movie aims to give a voice to historically marginalized communities and to challenge Hollywood’s tendency to perpetuate harmful stereotypes.

A Perfect Casting Choice

In an interview with British Vogue, Leonardo DiCaprio revealed that director Martin Scorsese had a strong intuition about the ideal actor to play the role of Mollie in their upcoming film. DiCaprio stated that Scorsese “just instinctively knew” that Gladstone was the perfect fit for the character. This suggests that Scorsese has a keen eye for talent and a deep understanding of the needs of the film.

A Meeting of Minds

“There was a truthfulness in your eyes that he saw even over a computer screen,” DiCaprio added. “I’ve never known [Scorsese] meet somebody and then immediately afterwards have this gravitational pull and instinct to say, ‘Let’s not wait another minute.'”

Be Prepared for an Unforgettable Story

“Killers of the Flower Moon” opens in theaters nationwide Oct. 20 from Apple and Paramount.

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