Leonardo DiCaprio Joins Revenge Thriller

It looks as though Leonardo DiCaprio is finished with white collar crime and moving on to a completely different genre altogether, in the form of an 1800s’ revenge thriller called The Revenant.

Two years ago DiCaprio met with Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) about playing the role, but it’s taken until now for him to sign up for the film that centers on the 1820’s story of frontiersman, Hugh Glass, who set out on a path of vengeance across South Dakota, hunting down those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

Of course he’ll take the lead role and play frontiersman Hugh Glass; which will probably require Leonardo to bring out his physical acting side as he has to drag himself across the country to kill the men who left him behind.

DiCaprio hasn’t starred in a thriller since Scorsese’s 2011 Shutter Island; so it will be something different compared to the white collar criminal, Jordan Belfort, which we all remember him recently for.

Leoanardo in Shutter Island

No word as yet to whom else will star in the film, but one thing is for sure: DiCaprio will probably bring a lot of attention to the project and will certainly entice plenty of A-listers.

It must be a project that caught DiCaprio’s eye straightaway because currently he’s attached to another four, or five projects. Recently he’s been in talks to star in the Steve Jobs Biopic, to be directed by British director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionare).

So maybe this could be his first Oscar win, with a demanding role like this one, he’s set to be one of the only actors on screen as he is stranded alone with 3000 miles of uncharted wilderness around him. So The Revenant will certainly be a DiCaprio vehicle, which is probably the right choice because Alejandro González Iñárritu, has a history of actors in his films receiving Academy Award nominations, as Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi did for 2007’s Babel.

The last period piece DiCaprio appeared in was Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained where he played villain Calvin Candy, a vicious plantation owner who used black slaves for enjoyment and hard labour. DiCaprio showed a ruthless and violent edge in the role, which I am sure will come out in this revenge film.

There’s no release date for The Revenant yet, as the film is still in post production; so let me know below whether you’re excited for this one.

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