Leonardo DiCaprio managed to avoid the pitfalls of child stardom by making incredibly smart decisions and choosing top tier directors to work with throughout his career. The Oscar-nominated actor’s streak continues today, as Deadline reports that he’ll star this fall in a film called The Revenant for director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel, 21 Grams).
Based on the novel by Michael Punke, The Revenant will star DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, robbed by his crew, and left for dead. They (naturally) didn’t count on him surviving, and Glass is hell-bent on tracking them down to exact his revenge. I haven’t seen a ton of Inarritu’s work, but I understand that so far in his career, he’s been known for his sparse filmmaking style. Tackling a survival/revenge story like this sounds like it’s right up his alley, and working with someone as high profile as DiCaprio will certainly help to get eyes on the finished product.
Inarritu is currently in post-production on what could be his most accessible film, Birdman, which stars Michael Keaton as an actor famous for playing a superhero. That opens on October 24th, 2014. We haven’t heard any updates about the status of DiCaprio’s reunion with his The Wolf of Wall Street co-star Jonah Hill in a film about the wrongly-accused Olympic bomber, but The Revenant has beaten it to production; it shoots this September, so this will be the actor’s follow-up to Martin Scorsese’s indictment of Wall Street hustlers.
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