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Topline Magazine | August 24, 2017

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Revenant: Leonardo DiCaprio Cast as Legendary Frontiersman Hugh Glass

Charles Watkins

Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Academy Award-winning film Birdman is a dark comedy set almost entirely in a single theater and made to look like it took only one take to shoot. Iñárritu’s follow-up to that acclaimed film is a polar opposite of that, although its’ Oscar ambitions are also apparent.

The Revenant, “inspired by true events,” stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, a 19th century frontiersman who was mauled by a bear and left for dead by his expedition group (which includes Tom Hardy). The trailer is heavy on tension, ambience, heavy drum work, and some pretty impressive beards.

HughGlassHugh Glass (1780–1833) was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents and became an explorer of the watershed of the Upper Missouri River in present day North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.  Hugh’s fame grew, in part, because of his reputation as a frontier folk hero, but mostly because of his marathon cross-country trek after being mauled by that grizzly bear.

Written by Iñárritu and Mark L. Smith — and “based in part” on Michael Punke’s 2002 novel of the same name — The Revenant is scheduled to hit theaters this Christmas Day.