It seems like the 5-time Oscar nominated star is back in the hunt for the Oscar glory as he is starring as a legendary explorer in an upcoming epic Western thriller film titled “The Revenant”.
The film, which is directed and co-written by Oscar-winning filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu (of “Birdman” and “Babel” fame), stars DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, a legendary explorer who is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by the members of his own hunting team. He survives the attack and sets out to get revenge on the men who betrayed him.
Akiva Goldsman bought Michael Punke’s unpublished manuscript for “The Renevant” with the intent of producing it. The development for the movie began in August 2001 and at that time, director Park Chan-wook was attached to helm and Samuel L. Jackson was in mind to star. However, Chan-wook decided to leave the director’s chair and the project was stalled until 2010. Mark L. Smith wrote a new adaptation of the novel for Steve Golin’s “Anonymous Content”, with John Hillcoat attached to direct and Christian Bale in negotiations to star. However, the production was delayed again as Hillcoat left the project.
In August 2011, González Iñárritu signed on to direct the film. The production was delayed several times due to his commitment to other projects. After confirming that DiCaprio would play the lead role, principal photography finally began in October 2014.
Watch the chilling trailer below:
UPDATE (29th September, 9:36pm):
The official full-length trailer for Iñárritu‘s upcoming Western thriller film, “The Revenant”, has finally arrived online.
This came after 20th Century Fox released a batch of new high-res images of the film. Based on Michael Punke‘s unpublished manuscript, the adaptation is officially rated R for strong frontier combat and violence such as gory images, a sexual assault, language, and brief nudity.
The strong frontier combat and violence was briefly shown in the new trailers, with Leonardo DiCaprio’s character being brutally attacked by a bear and robbed by 2 men before being left for dead. He escapes the wilderness and goes to find revenge.
Check out the intense trailer of “The Revenant” below:
“The Revenant” is scheduled for a limited release this Christmas (25th December 2015). It will be released in Malaysia on 28th January 2016.