leonardo dicaprio and martin scorcese team for new true crime thriller
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorcese Team For FBI Thriller

Though Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Academy Award for his contributions to The Revenant, it’s his role as real-life Wall Street burnout Jordan Belfort in Wolf of Wall Street—the Martin Scorcese true crime flick that earned both Hollywood stars Academy nominations in 2014—that’s earned him the most fanfare in recent years, from memes to music references. In the near future, he’ll get the opportunity to own the true crime role once again as he and Scorcese will reunite for an adaptation of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, a book by David Grann about the Osage Indian murders.

The murders took place in 1920 in Osage County, Oklahoma. An estimated 60 Osage people were murdered, likely as part of a mission to repossess valuable Osage assets and holdings. It was decided by the Osage nation that the ensuing investigation, led by the U.S. Department of Interior, was completely botched—due to potential corruption within the department. Their loss of trust in the DOI set the stage for the development of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the legacy of J. Edgar Hoover, the bureau’s first director. The rights to Grann’s book were purchased for $5 million, and the screenplay is being handled by Eric Roth (Forrest Gump).

The film doesn’t yet have a release date, but anticipation will be bubbling over fairly quickly. Dicaprio and Scorcese’s track record, which includes “Best Picture” Oscar winner The Departed, Shutter Island, Wall Street and The Aviator, speaks for itself.

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