Interest remains high for the upcoming mountain man Western starring Leonardo DiCaprio. With the working title of The Revenant and a screenplay based on the 2002 novel of the same name, DiCaprio stars as Hugh Glass, an 1820s mountain man left for dead by two companions after being mauled by a grizzly bear. Glass survives and sets out on a revenge quest. The following image from the film was recently released by 20th Century Fox.
UPDATE (July 18th): To view the film’s first trailer, visit Trailer – The Revenant.
Directed by Oscar-nominated Alejandro Inarritu, who has received acclaim for the recent Birdman (2014) with Michael Keaton, the DiCaprio film began shooting in September 2014 in Canadian locations that have included both British Columbia and Alberta. Filming is set to conclude this April with reports that, amazingly, Inarritu is attempting to shoot the film in chronological order. Such is a method not typically used by today’s filmmakers (as it can increase costs) but from an acting perspective, it could add depth to the development of character and role. The Revenant is set for a December 2015 release date and also stars Tom Hardy and Will Poulter as the two men DiCaprio seeks revenge against.
Mountain men were the prime non-Indigenous presence in the Rocky Mountains of North America between the 1820s and 1840. After the decline of the fur trade, these trappers and explorers would find later work as hunters and guides for westward-moving settlers. Westernsreboot.com further discusses the story of Hugh Glass at Mountain Man Western.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)