Martin Scorsese’s long-gestating passion project Killers of the Flower Moon is starting to come together, with a slew of actors joining Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro in the harrowing true story of how the FBI came to be. Indigenous actor William Belleau and Scorsese veteran Louis Cancelmi have boarded key roles, while Grammy-winning alt-country all-stars Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell joined the picture too. Simpson has appeared in a few low-flying oddball flicks like Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Don’t Die while Isbell will be making his acting debut here. Cutting your acting teeth in a Scorsese flick is a tall order but Isbell has shown a knack for the sort of observational witness in songwriting that can make for good acting.
The movie is set in 1920s Oklahoma, when a string of grisly murders across the Osage Nation attracted the attention of the fledgling FBI and its young director J. Edgar Hoover, who completely botched the situation, forcing the department to evolve their methods of investigating criminal activity. The events of the FBI’s first major homicide case would shape the Bureau and the way this country thinks about law enforcement for decades to come.
Scorsese has kept his career-long hot streak going strong, coming off of The Irishman and Silence, which were both excellent.
Earlier this year, Isbell made headlines for announcing that he’d donate all the proceeds he receives from fellow Tennessee singer/songwriter Morgan Wallen’s album Dangerous to the NAACP. Isbell gets a small cut from the album’s sales since Wallen plays a cover of “Cover Me Up” on Dangerous, but Isbell said he was no longer comfortable accepting the proceeds after Wallen was filmed using a racial slur.