Leonardo DiCaprio Set for Alejandro Gonzalez’s THE REVENANT

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Hot on the heels of The Wolf of Wall Street performance, Leonardo DiCaprio has committed to his next film, the true 1800s revenge tale The Revenant for director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Biutiful).

Inarritu who won’t be taking Birdman with Michael Keaton to Cannes had been loosely attached to direct The Revenant with DiCaprio slated to star. Sean Penn was also linked, but is no longer involved with the project.

Mark L. Smith wrote the latest versions of the story that someone in Hollywood is passionate about — John Hillcoat and Christian Bale were close to making the movie and before them the team was Park Chan-wook and Samuel L. Jackson.

Based on the non-fiction book “The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge” by Michael Punke, the upcoming film 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.”

Does this sound to you like another Oscar contender for New Regency, fresh off their Best Picture win for 12 Years a Slave?

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