We’ll hashtag this #OscarBait. Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki went to the wilds of Calgary for their latest collaboration, The Revenant. It stars a grizzled Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life explorer and fur trapper Hugh Glass who is left for dead by his own by his own hunting team. Glass is betrayed by his confidant John Fitzgerald (an almost unrecognizable Tom Hardy) and attempts to survive through the harsh winter.
The Revenant, which is set to open this Christmas, is sure to be a strong awards contender, and as Variety wrote, it might revolutionize the film industry. Earlier this year, director and co-writer Iñárritu told Deadline about the film’s challenging shoot, which included traveling to faraway locations. The shooting schedule was so grueling that it caused Hardy to drop out of Suicide Squad. Yet the most noteable aspect of the film is that Iñárritu and Lubezki shot it with only natural light. “And every single scene is so difficult,” Iñárritu told Deadline, “emotionally, technically. I’ve gotten myself in trouble again, but I’m trying my best.” Perhaps that trouble will pay off and earn the duo another set of Oscars.
Pretty cool stuff – and just WAIT till you get to the grunty part of the trailer. Watch it below.
Inspired by true events, The Revenant is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.