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Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro will star in Martin Scorsese’s next film

Leonardo DiCaprio has confirmed his role alongside the great Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s next film, Killers of the Flower Moon.

The film, an upcoming American crime thriller that has been pencilled in for a 2021 release, is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by David Grann with an adapted screenplay by Eric Roth.

Talks have been ongoing about the film since Imperative Entertainment won a $5million bidding war to secure the rights in 2016. With Paramount Pictures joining the project, Scorsese’s long-time cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto confirmed that the film is expected to start principal photography in March 2020.

Now, while speaking at the 2020 SAG Awards where DiCaprio presented De Niro with a lifetime achievement award, the actor confirmed his role in the film—a job which marks the first time since 1993’s This Boy’s Life that he has appeared alongside De Niro on screen.

“Like as many of you hear tonight, he was the actor I watched as a young man obsessed with films,” Di Caprio said during his speech while introducing De Niro. “At 13 years old my father took me out to the movies one afternoon to see Midnight Run and as the lights went down he turned to me and said: ‘If you really want to be an actor and get into this profession, if you want to understand what great acting is, you watch that man on screen.'”

“His collaborations with Martin Scorsese, arguably the greatest partnership in cinematic history, have given us career-long explorations of the human condition. Beginning with Mean Streets and through their latest masterpiece The Irishman, they have single-handedly defined and elevated an entire genre.

“I’ve learned so much from the both of them,” DiCaprio said. “I’m fortunate to call them collaborators, Bob since This Boy’s Life and Marty since Gangs of New York. And after 30 years, to work alongside Bob again in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming drama Killers of the Flower Moon is a true honour.”