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Can You Recognize Leonardo DiCaprio In His New Role? The New York Post Can't

By Kristy Puchko | Film | May 11, 2021 |

By Kristy Puchko | Film | May 11, 2021 |


Martin Scorsese is reteaming with Leonardo DiCaprio for Killers of the Flower Moon. Based on David Grann’s non-fiction book of the same name, the much-anticipated Western explores an investigation into the Reign of Terror, a series of murders that devastated the Osage Nation, following an oil find in the 1920s. Yesterday, DiCaprio dropped a first look of the film on Twitter, sharing a pic of himself and co-star Lily Gladstone.

The Osage News post that DiCaprio shared boasts the movie still above as well as details of how the photo depicts Osage tradition. We recommend clicking through to read Shannon Shaw Duty’s article in full. However, a highlight reveals clues that this must be a pivotal moment in the on-screen couple’s character arc:

A bowl of grape dumplings sits on the table in red Spode China. Grape dumplings are still made to this day and Osages still use red and blue Spode dishes for their ceremonial dinners and special occasions. It’s considered the finest dishes to use by many Osage women, young and old. Judging from the meal, the dishes and the blanket Gladstone is wearing, this was most likely an important dinner.

A slew of outlets ran the promo image, eager to report on the latest collaboration from the duo that brought us The Wolf of Wall Street, The Departed, Shutter Island, Gangs of New York, and The Aviator. However, The New York Post spurred a meme with their angle:

“Unrecognizable?” Why? How? What?

The accompanying article doesn’t explain the tweet teaser. Nonetheless, Twitter users were ready with reactions.

Now in production, Killers of the Flower Moon also stars Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Tantoo Cardinal, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins, Jillian Dion, William Belleau, Jason Isbell, Louis Cancelmi, Scott Shepherd, and Sturgill Simpson.

Kristy Puchko is the film editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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