Fresh off a stellar performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, actor Leonardo DiCaprio has committed to his next project. DiCaprio will lead the gritty thriller The Revenant for director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Biutiful), as the two have settled on a September production start-date. Based on the novel of the same name by author Michael Punke, the story revolves around an 1820s fronterisman who is mauled by a bear during a fur trapping expedition, robbed, and left for dead. When he recovers, he sets out to exact revenge on those who betrayed him.
Hit the jump for more on The Revenant and DiCaprio’s current slate of projects.
DiCaprio has been circling The Revenant for quite some time as Iñárritu has been trying to get the project off the ground, with the actor first flirting with the pic over two years ago. Deadline reports that DiCaprio has now fully committed to the New Regency project, which will begin filming this September for a Fall 2015 release through 20th Century Fox. Though Sean Penn was at one point connected to the role of one of the robbers, he is no longer involved with the project.
This is an exciting project for both DiCaprio and Iñárritu. The latter had recently become attached to Warner Bros.’ live-action The Jungle Book before exiting the project, and one wonders if the promise of The Revenant finally getting off the ground was the reason for his departure. The filmmaker is coming off stellar buzz for his latest pic, the dark comedy Birdman, which stars Michael Keaton as a former superhero actor trying to mount a stage play about his life. That film is slated for release on October 17th.
As for DiCaprio, he was flirting with a number of options post-Wall Street. The actor took a year-long break from working after shooting The Great Gatsby, Django Unchained, and The Wolf of Wall Street back-to-back-to-back, but he recently began moving forward on potential projects, including Daniel Espinosa’s drama Blood on Snow. He’s also set to star opposite Jonah Hill once again in a film about falsely accused Atlanta Olympics bomber Richard Jewell, but that project is still in the early stages of development. For now, it appears that The Revenant will be DiCaprio’s next film.