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The Breaking Bad and Fargo actor will be working with Scorsese for the second time, per a report from The Hollywood Reporter, as the A-list director makes his second-ever big-budget feature for streaming. Plemons previously worked with Scorsese on his Netflix hit The Irishman. He’s the newest addition to a cast that already includes several Scorsese regulars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro.
DiCaprio was originally meant to star in the role taken on by Plemons. However, the actor has shifted to a secondary lead in the story that follows FBI agents investigating murders in the Osage Nation. The film is based on a book of the same name, which covers the real-world investigation in the 1920s by a nascent Bureau. Plemons will play agent Tom White, while DiCaprio plays Ernest Burkhart. Burkhart is a man married to an Osage woman. DeNiro plays Burkhart’s uncle, a powerful rancher in the area.
Though Scorsese has signed lucrative deals with Apple and Netflix, he recently railed against streaming services and their constant churn of watchable content. In an essay for Harper’s, Scorsese cringed at the word “content” in its current use.
“The art of cinema is being systematically devalued, sidelined, demeaned, and reduced to its lowest common denominator, ‘content,” he said, arguing against the presentation of all TV and movies as equal. “Curating isn’t undemocratic or ‘elitist,’ a term that is now used so often that it’s become meaningless. It’s an act of generosity — you’re sharing what you love and what has inspired you.”