For those saddened by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar loss, fear not. He’s already back on the grind and he’s mapping out his plan to win Hollywood’s most coveted prize… and he’s willing to get mauled by a damn bear to get it. DiCaprio has committed to a new project, set to start filming this September. It’s the feature-film adaptation of The Revenant, a novel by Michael Punke.
DiCaprio will star as Hugh Glass, a 19th century fur trapper who gets attacked by a grizzly bear and then left for dead after being robbed. Naturally, Leo’s character will be out for revenge and that journey will carry the remainder of the film.
The Wolf of Wall Street actor is teaming up with director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, acclaimed director of Babel and Biutiful. If you haven’t read The Revenant we’re posting the synopsis below:
The Revenant tells a story of nearly unimaginable human endurance over 3,000 miles of uncharted American wilderness, spanning what is today the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, and Nebraska. Based on the real life of fur trapper Hugh Glass, The Revenant recounts the toll of envy and betrayal, and the power of obsession and vengeance. Punke’s novel opens in 1823, when thirty-six-year-old Hugh Glass joins the Rocky Mountain Fur Co. on a venture into perilous, unexplored territory. After being savagely mauled by a grizzly bear, his nearly lifeless body is left in the care of two volunteers from the company—John Fitzgerald, a ruthless mercenary, and young Jim Bridger, the future “King of the Mountain Men.” When Indians approach their camp, Fitzgerald and Bridger abandon Glass. Worse yet, they rob the wounded man of his weapons and tools—the very things that might have given him a chance on his own. Deserted, defenseless, and furious, Glass vows his survival. And his revenge.