Brendan Fraser has been announced as joining the cast of Killers of the Flower Moon movie adaptation.
The Martin Scorsese project, which he directs and produces, is an adaption of the non-fiction book of the same name written by David Grann, and is currently in production. The release date is yet to be announced.
Fraser is set to play lawyer W.S. Hamilton in the 1920s western crime drama. The story is set in Oklahoma and examines the serial murder of members of the Osage Nation—a rash of crimes that came to be known as the Reign of Terror.
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Eric Roth wrote the screenplay for Killers of the Flower Moon and has been waiting years to be able to make the movie. March 2020 was the projected start date for filming but the pandemic forced a delay. The project was then about to begin in February 2021, but Leonardo DiCaprio began to fight for rewrites of Roth’s original draft so the date was pushed back further.
“I spent four or five years on this book, ‘Killers of the Flower Moon,’ which everybody should read. It’s a wonderful book,” Roth said. “My screenplay I think was accurate to the book. It’s the story of Osage Indians, 1921, the poorest people in America who discover oil in this terrible land in Oklahoma where they’ve been driven to. Then every killer in America comes to kill 184 of them for their money, but this really heroic guy comes in [to help].”
Roth continued, “That’s supposed to start filming in March once the Covid clears out, and it’s Martin Scorsese. They’ll be continuing rewrites with that. Leonardo [DiCaprio] wanted some things changed that we argued about. He won half of [the arguments]. I won half of them. So that’s happening.”