Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell have been added to the star-studded cast of Martin Scorsese’s upcoming thriller Killers of the Flower Moon. The $150 million Apple Studios drama set in 1920s Oklahoma is based on David Grann’s 2017 nonfiction book of the same name and already has a major lineup of Scorsese regulars including Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Other cast members include Jesse Plemons, who is slated to play the lead role formerly tied to DiCpario in the film about the serial murder of the members of the oil-rich Osage Nation, a brutal string of killings known as the Reign of Terror. In the film, Plemons will play FBI agent Tom White, who tries to solve the murders in which local cattle rancher William Hale (De Niro) and cousin Ernest Burkhart (DiCaprio) are implicated.
Isbell tweeted, “When I say I am EXCITED” about his big screen debut in a post — credited to Osage News — that also noted that indigenous actor William Belleau (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and Louis Cancelmi (The Irishman) have also been added to the cast alongside Jason’s role as Burkhart rival Bill Smith and Simpson as rodeo champ and bootlegger Henry Grammer.
While it will be Isbell’s first movie role, Simpson has been dipping his foot into Hollywood over the past few years, appearing in the drama Queen and Slim and Jim Jarmusch’s 2019 zombie flick The Dead Don’t Die, for which he also wrote and performed the theme song.
See Isbell’s tweet below.