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'Babel' Director Teaming with Leonardo DiCaprio for 'The Revenant'

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April 15, 2014
Source: Deadline

The Revenant / Leonardo DiCaprio

Though Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to a hefty handful of projects, we've been waiting to hear what would be his immediate follow-up to his Oscar nominated performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, and now we have our answer. Deadline has word that Babel director Alejando Gonzalez Inarritu (who won't be taking Birdman with Michael Keaton to Cannes) has landed DiCaprio to star in The Revenant, a new gritty, period thriller set in the 19th century at New Regency that is moving quickly towards production with 20th Century Fox hoping to release the film sometime in the fall of 2015. So what's the story about? Read on!

The film is actually based on the novel The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke, and will follow DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, a fur trapper who joins the Rocky Mountain Fur Company in a speculative venture that takes him and ten other men up the Missouri River into perilous, unexplored territory. While in the wilderness, a grizzly bear mauls Glass fatally, taking him to within inches of his life. But his fellow trappers leave him behind, taking his gun and knife and leaving him for dead. After a miraculous survival over a two thousand mile trek, he returns to take revenge on those who left him to die alone in the woods.

It certainly sounds like something very different for DiCaprio, and could end up being another Oscar contender for New Regency, fresh off their Best Picture win for 12 Years a Slave. The company just also set up The Operators with Brad Pitt and his Plan B production banner that will see the actor behind the scenes as a commanding officer in the Afghanistan War. They also have Inarritu's Birdman set to hit theaters in October, David Fincher's Gone Girl in the same month (watch the teaser trailer) and Cameron Crowe's project with Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper. Plus, they've got action in the works with the video game adaptations of Splinter Cell with Tom Hardy and Assassin's Creed with Michael Fassbender. Stay tuned.

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  • Quynh Truong
    these guys really know how to pick good movies.
  • Marcus
    This sounds like a really terrific kind of role for DiCaprio. A nice change of pace, and Inarritu is so different than any director he's worked with before.
  • ListenToVinyl
    Loved the book. I'm glad that good talent is behind making it into a movie. Should be awesome to watch.
  • Bo
    Well, it is a pretty good story. And it's already been done. Man In The Wilderness in 1971 with Richard Harris and John Huston (although he did not direct). Always one of my favorite films so check it out. I can see why Inarritu would want to do it. It'll for sure be much different as I believe Inarritu is one of our best directors today. I like DiCaprio sometimes. It'll be interesting to see how he fares compared to Richard Harris who was a much better actor than DiCaprio will ever be. That's just my opinion and it doesn't count for much so relax. Check out the original film as it's pretty damn good!
  • DAVIDPD
    This could be a badass picture for both men involved. This would be amazing.

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