Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star as a "fur trapper" who is left for dead in the wilderness of early 19th century North America in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's upcoming period revenge thriller, The Revenant.
DiCaprio will play 36-year-old Hugh Glass, an experienced adventurer. After barely surviving a grizzly attack, Glass is robbed and left to die by his two companions when a group of Indians approach. But Glass stays alive against all odds, and embarks on an obsessive quest for revenge.
The Revenant is based on Michael Punke's eponymous 2002 novel, The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge, and Babel director Inarritu has supposedly had it in mind for more than a decade now. The director also co-wrote the script with Mark L. Smith.
DiCaprio enjoyed critical acclaim for The Wolf of Wall Street recently. Scorsese's highest-grossing movie was nominated for five Oscars in January, including best actor for DiCaprio, best film and best director. But DiCaprio himself walked away from the Academy Awards empty handed. Could The Revenant be the movie to finally win DiCaprio the recognition he deserves?
The Revenant is moving fast, with production to begin in September for a fall 2015 release date. More news coming your way!
Will The Revenant be the movie that wins Leo his Oscar?