First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Birdman' Director's 'The Revenant'

January 21, 2015
Source: EW

The Revenant

Right now director Alejandro González Iñárritu is riding the awards train after landing a nomination for Best Director and a nomination for Best Picture for his impressively shot film Birdman. But the filmmaker is already hard at work on his next film The Revenant, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio. The film is already slated for release this Christmas, and if the first look photos are any indicator, we could be looking at another awards contender in the making. The film sees DiCaprio facing the wilderness after he's abandoned by fellow fur trappers following a deadly bear attack. But he survives, and now he wants revenge.

Here's the first photos from Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant from EW:

The Revenant

The Revenant

Filming is happening right now, and Iñárritu is again shooting a challenging film as they are only filming using natural light in remote locations that have been left mostly untouched by mankind (filming is taking place mostly up in Canada). They will be shooting until late April as these conditions only allow the director and his Birdman cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (who also shot Gravity) to shoot a few hours each day. Iñárritu says of the production, "It’s a very experimental thing that we’re doing here… I’m now addicted to doing things that can fail horribly or maybe that can give us a surprise. We are all into it.”

The Revenant is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel, 21 Grams), who co-wrote the screenplay with Mark L. Smith (Vacancy, The Hole). The film follows an 1820s frontiersman and fur trapper (Leonardo DiCaprio) who joins the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. But when a grizzly bear mauls him fatally, his fellow trappers (led by Tom Hardy) take his gun and knife and leave 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. Will Poulter, and Domnhall Gleeson also star in the film Fox releases December 25th.

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  • Franklin Carpio
    This sounds amazing, Iñárritu, Chivo, Hardy, AND Leo... Tell me how this doesn't sound amazing. I am completely in.
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  • This will be great for sure, and I am really looking forward to seeing all this talent come together. My only premature criticism is that I think the roles between Hardy & DiCaprio should be reversed.
  • Trey
    opening lady friend...fresh pair of timbaland boots
  • ari smulders
    I am in!! amos perros was such a great movie, so I will watch every movie of this special director!
  • Xerxexx
    Hardy vs. DiCaprio? Chicka chicka yeah.
  • ListenToVinyl
    I really enjoyed the book. Crazy that it's based on a true story. I'm extremely happy that he's directing this one. And I love the experimental aspect of filming this. How cool would it be if a bear actually attacks? Without anybody getting hurt of course.
    • Bo
      Yea, the book was good and was based on a true story. Check out A Man In The Wilderness from the early '70s with Richard Harris and John Huston. Very good film based on the true story. It's worth it, especially if you like Harris...and Huston is always a trip when he acted. He did not direct this older film.
  • Bo
    As I've said before on this site the same story was filmed and distributed in 1970 or '71 with Richard Harris and John Huston titled A Man In The Wilderness. It was not based on this book as the book came out after. It's based on the true story the book covered about a real-life character. It was a very good movie. Huston only acted in it and did not direct the film. Harris played the part of the real-life guy that DiCaprio is now playing. Check out the earlier film; it's worth it. This newer version will be very good too I would think. I read the book a few months ago and it was worth the read also.
  • nomad82
    why bother seeing a remake of a film that has already been done, and done quite well??? ... what has changed except the faces??? damn, getting really easy to pacify the public these days....
    No offense, but how can you dub a film an "awards contender" after looking at two photos?
    • MikeB
      My thoughts exactly...
    • akhan727
      It's all part of the Hollywood system. Everything is planned out. I used to work as a P.A. during college summer breaks. Rumors of nominees will start even before the film is finished like during shooting. The editor will send a few polished scenes to the studio and they will make judgments from there. Alejandro González Iñárritu already has a good reputation from receiving 3 Oscars. With Leonardo still gunning for his first Oscar, he will only picks scripts or projects that can get him there. Let's say I wouldn't be surprised if this gets nominated for Best Picture.




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