Monday, 7 July 2014

Tom Hardy set for The Revenant

Initially rearing its head as a John Hillcoat (Lawless) project way back in 2010, revenge Western The Revenant passed to director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) twelve months later. After a couple of years of being loosely "attached", Leonardo DiCaprio then signed on to star in April. Now news comes via Variety that DiCaprio's Inception (2010) co-star Tom Hardy is set to join him.

Iñárritu and Mark L. Smith (Vacancy) have adapted the film from Michael Punke's 2003 novel*, which follows an ill-fated fur trapping expedition to chilly 1820s South Dakota. Hunter Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) is mauled by a bear in the harsh climate, and his companions leave him for dead. The two men assigned to bury his body then decide to just rob him and abandon him instead. But Glass recovers, and swears bloody revenge.

Sean Penn (Gangster Squad) had been considering playing one of the thieving burial party, but has since moved on in favour of directing The Last Face with Charlize Theron (Prometheus) and Javier Bardem (Biutiful). So it's fair to assume that his is the role that Hardy is now discussing. There's also a pleasing symmetry to his joining a film that was once in the orbit of his Lawless (2012) director.

With Hardy now on board, The Revenant can finally get underway after its long gestation period. Iñárritu's cameras are set to roll in September, for a release in autumn 2015. His latest, theatrical comedy drama Birdman, will be out in the States on 17 October.

*Punke's original novel is currently out of print, but is set to be re-published by Harper Collins next February.

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