Ya’ll know how the Academy loves true stories (and a long-suffering actor). Here’s your first look at photos of Leo DiCaprio as frontiersman, Hugh Glass in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s (Birdman, Babel, Biutiful) — Hey, why isn’t this a “B”-title? — The Revenant. In 1822, the adventurer and fur trapper went on an expedition with a group of men, leaving from the mouth of Yellowstone River and headed toward the Grand River. Along the way, Glass was charged and severely mauled by a mother bear; his partners tried to help fend off the attack, and Glass succeeded in killing the bear — but he was left unconscious and horribly wounded (Aha, disfigurement! The Academy also loves disfigurement.) Claiming they thought he wouldn’t survive, Glass’s fellow trappers took (*stole*) all his gear and left him behind. And here’s where things get really crazy (and presumably, Academy worthy); when Glass came to and realized he was alone, over 200 miles from any settlement, he just bandaged himself up and went after those dirty mofos (aka Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter).
Filming since last October, Oscar winner cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman, Gravity, To the Wonder) has been shooting “in remote locations [Canada], only in natural light,” so production is expected to continue until April. “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.” (Iñárritu)
Based on Michael Punke’s novelized account, The Revenant
would seem to have the requisite Academy elements, including all the white guys you can shake a stick at.