Through April, Leonardo DiCaprio will be shooting in the wilds of Calgary amid the Canadian Rockies playing a fur trapper hunting the men who left him for dead in The Revenant, the latest from Academy Award-nominated director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman). 20th Century Fox has provided us with the first photos from the film which you can check out below!
“He’s a brave, incredible actor. I’m so surprised about how good he is,” Iñárritu says of DiCaprio while talking to Entertainment Weekly. “I think there’s a profound understanding of humanity that I can see through his eyes.”
It has turned into an arduous shoot, due to the remoteness of many locations and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki’s penchant for shooting with only natural light, meaning the crew can only shoot for a few hours each day.
Says Iñárritu, “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.”
DiCaprio will play Hugh Glass, a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead and then robbed. When he survives against all odds, he sets out on a treacherous journey to exact revenge on his betrayers in this captivating and inspiring story based on the Michael Punke novel, “The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge.”
The Revenant co-stars Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson, and will receive a limited release on December 25, 2015.