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For Leo's sake, let's hope his greatest dream finally happens!

Following the success of [Birdman](movie:780317) (and its many Academy Award nominations), director Alejandro González Iñárritu seems to finally be on everybody's radar after an impeccable film career. And, with these newly released photos of his next film [The Revenant](movie:1341409), he's clearly not letting any acclaim slow down his movie game. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a hunter left robbed and deserted by his party (Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, and Domhall Gleeson) after he's attacked by a grizzly bear. He survives and decides to hunt down his faithless companions in a crusade for revenge.

So it's [Wild](movie:767988) meets Kill Bill, but with a male lead. I can get behind that! Check out the first photos, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, below:

Leo sets his sight on the target (A.K.A. that shiny gold man that eludes him).

Director González Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman, [Gravity](movie:41913)) has made the bold decision to film the entire movie with "only natural light in remote locations left untouched by mankind." That strategy, which could be a disaster in lesser hands, could open up some major creative potential for these two brilliant artists.

Plus, you KNOW that's going to played up come next year's award season. The academy loves a good behind-the-scenes story, so this is looking promising for DiCaprio. He's the lead in a somewhat experimental movie directed by a major name (who, in all honesty, hasn't received enough recognition). Placing it during cinematic primetime on Christmas day also leads me to believe this is going to be Leo's Oscar vehicle. Lastly, the Academy loves doling out overdue Oscars (see Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love and Kate Winslet in The Reader), so these VERY early cards are stacked in his favor.

Don't give me that, Leo! I think this one is going to be big for you, but don't count your chickens before they hatch.

Do these early images make you excited for The Revenant? Do you think DiCaprio's gunning for that Oscar for another year?

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