Despite being two of Martin Scorsese’s most frequent collaborators, legendary actors Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio have actually never appeared together in a Scorsese-directed film (not counting the glorified casino commercial The Audition).
While the pair have acted together on two separate occasions — in 1993’s This Boy’s Life and 1996’s Marvin’s Room — the two Hollywood titans have never linked up for a Scorsese-helmed project.
Now, after decades of taking turns as Scorsese’s leading man, the two are finally rumored to be starring in a film together, as a report from Tulsa World indicates that De Niro has signed up for Killers of the Flower Moon, which already had DiCaprio attached to star.
Killers of the Flower Moon is an adaptation of David Grann’s heralded 2017 true-crime thriller Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.
Set in 1920’s Oklahoma, Killers of the Flower Moon is about the haunting mass murders of Osage Indian tribe members after valuable oil was discovered under their land. During a period from 1921 to 1926, over 20 members of the Osage tribe were killed, although some reports indicate that the number of deceased was actually north of 100.
The film will mark DiCaprio and Scorsese’s sixth time working together, having previously collaborated on Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street.
It will also mark Scorsese and De Niro’s ninth time working together in the last 40 years, having already teamed up for Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, New York, New York, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Casino, and The Irishman.
According to the report from Tulsa World, production on the film is set to begin in the Spring of 2020. Additionally, De Niro has reportedly signed on to play William Hale, who was one of the main suspects of the murder investigations.
Scorsese’s next film — The Irishman, which also stars Robert De Niro — is set to hit Netflix later this year. In addition to De Niro, The Irishman also stars Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, and Al Pacino, who will be appearing in his *first* Scorsese film.