Robert De Niro looked sharp at the Killers Of The Flower Moon premiere during the 76th annual Cannes Film Festival in France on Saturday.
The 79-year-old movie legend – who recently announced the birth of his seventh child – stepped out on the red carpet in a black suit and tie alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, 48, and Martin Scorsese, 80.
The film explores the harrowing true story of the ‘reign of terror’ that left two dozen Native Americans dead. The blockbuster is based on the 2017 non-fiction book of the same name written by David Grann.
Set in the 1920s, it centers on the FBI’s investigation into a string of murders after several members of the Osage tribe in Oklahoma were slaughtered.
Killers of the Flower Moon focuses on the American history involving the Osage tribe who became wealthy after oil was discovered beneath their land, earning them more than $30 million in annual revenue at the peak of the boom, according to the Oklahoma Historical Society.
Epic new film: Robert De Niro looked sharp at the Killers Of The Flower Moon premiere during the 76th annual Cannes Film Festival in France on Saturday
New child, new film: The film explores the harrowing true story of the ‘reign of terror’ that left two dozen Native Americans dead. Killers of the Flower Moon tells the story of the Osage tribe who became wealthy after oil was discovered beneath their land, earning them more than $30 million in annual revenue
Subsurface minerals within the Osage Nation Reservation were tribally owned and held in trust by the government.
Mineral leases earned royalties that were paid to the tribe as a whole – with each allottee receiving one equal share also known as a headright that could only legally be attained by outsiders if they married into the tribe.
It was during this time that rancher William K. Hale (De Niro) a native of Greenville, Texas, encouraged his subservient nephew Ernest Burkhart (DiCaprio) to wed Osage member Mollie Kyle (later Mollie Burkhart).
The plot is centered around Hale convincing his weak-willed nephew Burkhart to marry one of the daughters in the tribe in a plot to eventually murder them and inherit their wealth from oil.
The trailer was released on Thursday and shows their courtship as Burkhart becomes romantically involved with Mollie Kyle (Lily Gladstone).
Things take a darker turn in several short scenes shown, including Burkhart comforting Kyle’s lifeless body, a stabbing, and a shot in the courtroom of Hale sitting next to his attorney W.S. Hamilton who is played by Brendan Fraser.
In another interesting scene, Burkhart is interrogated by law enforcement officer Tom White (Jesse Plemons) in a very intense exchange.
The film is set for a limited release in select cinemas on October 6, with a wider release in the US on October 20 by Paramount Pictures. It will eventually have a streaming release on Apple TV+.
Winning team: The 79-year-old Taxi Driver star stepped out on the red carpet alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, 48, and Martin Scorsese, 80
Coming soon: The film is set for a limited release on October 6, with a wider release in the US on October 20, and will eventually stream on Apple TV+
He’s back: The highly-anticipated first trailer was released on Thursday. This marks DiCaprio ‘s return to the big screen since his 2019 film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Icon: De Niro plays cattleman William Hale who is the uncle of Dicaprio’s character Burkhart
Interesting: The new trailer showed Ernest Burkhart (played by DiCaprio) arriving in Oklahoma where members indigenous Osage Nation tribe reside and becoming romantically involved with Mollie Kyle (Lily Gladstone)
As the plot is centered around Hale convincing his weak-willed nephew Burkhart to marry Kyle in a plot to eventually murder them and inherit their wealth from oil, their courtship and romance could be seen in the trailer
There was a shot in the courtroom of Hale sitting next to his attorney W.S. Hamilton who is played by Brendan Fraser
One of the more interesting scenes showed Burkhart being interrogated by law enforcement officer White in a very intense exchange
Highly-anticipated: The film is set to premiere at the 76th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday with a limited release in select cinemas on October 6
There will later be a wider release in the US on October 20 by Paramount Pictures and will eventually have a streaming release on Apple TV+ but remains unclear when that will happen
In May 1921, Osage native Anna Brown was found with a bullet hole to the back of the head – but her case went unsolved
William Hale, played by Robert De Niro, was accused of bribing and intimidating others to do much of his dirty work on his way to achieving money and power
Members of Lizzie Q’s (left) family were called in quick succession including her nephew Henry Roan (right)
In the 1920s, the Osage tribe (pictured with President Coolidge) became wealthy almost overnight after oil was discovered beneath their land
The premiere comes two weeks after De Niro announced he had welcomed a baby with his martial arts instructor girlfriend Tiffany Chen.
Robert has two kids: Drena, 51, and Raphael, 46 with his ex wife Diahnne Abbott.
And he has two more children with Grace Hightower: Elliot, 25, and Helen, 11.
He is also a dad to twins Aaron and Julian, 27, with former girlfriend, Toukie Smith.
The Godfather star previously split from his wife of 20 years, Hightower, in 2018.
Robert and Grace were married in 1997, split in 1999, then got back together, renewed their vows in 2004 before he filed for divorce in 2018.
Initially the pair fought over custody of their child but now the arguments are over money and property.
Hightower’s average monthly spend was $215,000 a month on credit cards and $160,000 in cash.
De Niro’s attorney, Caroline Krauss, claims the financial strain means the actor is running out of money. She said the coronavirus pandemic led to a drying up of work projects for the Hollywood star.
His lady love: Robert seen with martial arts trainer Tiffany in July 2022 in Formentera, Spain
Baby on board: On March 22, Tiffany was seen with what looked like a baby bump as she left Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica, California with Robert. They had just enjoyed an Italian dinner with Harvey Keitel and Billy Crystal
His eldest daughter: Robert has two kids: Drena, 51 (pictured with Robert in 2022), and Raphael, 46 with his ex wife Diahnne Abbott
Family: (L-R) Diahnne Abbott, Drena and Robert in 1977 in NYC
His eldest son: Here he is seen with Raphael De Niro in New York in 2013
With Julian: Julian is seen far left with John David Washington, Danielle Brooks, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert in November 2022 in New York City
His lady love: De Niro and girlfriend Diahnne Abbott circa 1977 in New York City
Another romance: De Niro and Toukie Smith circa 1990 in New York City
His son Elliot: De Niro with his son Elliot, who is now 24, in 2011 in France
The twins: Twin boys Aaron and Julian that Robert had with Toukie; seen in New York in 1998
His girl: De Niro with daughter Helen Grace out for ice cream with their puppies in New York in April 2019
His last wife: De Niro and Grace Hightower in New York City in May 2017
Months earlier, De Niro earned $5million for acting in Martin Scorsese’s hit gangster flick, The Irishman.
He also received ‘tens of millions of dollars’ through a federal coronavirus relief program.
Hightower claims that De Niro is worth $500million, but his attorney Caroline Krauss says that his estranged wife’s extravagant lifestyle is making things worse.
‘Grace and I have two beautiful children together. We are entering a period of transition in our relationship which is a difficult but constructive process. I honor Grace as a wonderful mother and ask for privacy and respect from all as we proceed to develop our roles as partners in parenting,’ he said in 2018.
ROBERT DE NIRO’S CHILDREN
By Heidi Parker
1. DRENA DE NIRO, 51
Drena De Niro is an American actress and filmmaker who is the daughter of Diahnne Abbott and adopted daughter of Robert after their marriage in 1976. She has appeared in several of her father’s films including 1999’s On The Run, 2002’s City By The Sea and 2002’s Showtime. She also starred in 2014’s Welcome To New York.
Drena De Niro at the Hands Of Stone film premiere in New York in August 2016
2. RAPHAEL DE NIRO, 46
Raphael De Niro is an American real estate broker and former actor. He often works with celebrity clients, including Jon Bon Jovi, Renée Zellweger, Travis Kalanick and Kelly Ripa. De Niro is the son of Robert and actress Diahnne Abbott.
Raphael De Niro at the Skyfall film screening in New York in November 2012
3. AARON KENDRICK DE NIRO, 27
De Niro’s son is a product of the relationship between the actor and Toukie Smith, a former actress and model. His parents are both in the limelight. He carries mixed ethnicity, with his father having Irish, Italian and French roots. His mother is African-American.
Aaron De Niro at The Central Park Conservancy Opens the Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade on Earth Day at The Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade in April 2007 in New York
4. JULIAN DE NIRO, 27
Julian is the twin brother of Aaron and his mother is also Toukie Smith. He works as an actor and has appeared in In Dubious Battle (2016) and The First Lady (2022).
Julian De Niro attends The Sign In Sidney Brustein’s Window Gala performance celebration at Virgin Hotels New York City on May 4, 2023 in New York City
5. ELLIOT DE NIRO, 25
Elliot is De Niro’s son from his second marriage to actress and philanthropist Grace Hightower. De Niro and Hightower separated in 2018, nearly 20 years after De Niro first filed for divorce from his second wife. Elliot has special needs and his father has spoken about it, saying tennis really helps the child.
Elliot, in the red and black jacket, with dad Robert in March 2023
6. HELEN GRACE DE NIRO, 11
She is the daughter he has with his estranged wife Grace Hightower. Robert has been seen spending time with the girl in New York City amid the split as he walks with her and their dogs.
Helen Grace backstage at the hit Carole King musical Beautiful on Broadway at The Stephen Sondheim Theater in September 2015 in New York City
7. GIA VIRGINIA
Gia Virginia Chen-De Niro was born on April 6, 2023 weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, he told Gayle King on CBS Mornings.
The Heat actor said ‘this baby is planned,’ adding that he and partner Tiffany Chen both wanted the baby and are ‘over the moon.’
Gia’s first photo was shown on CBS Mornings
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