Oscar-winning director Alejandro Iñárritu follows 'Birdman' with this historic survival-adventure tale set for Christmas Day

By Nicole Sperling
Updated July 17, 2015 at 05:27 PM EDT
Credit: Kimberley French
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu have never worked together before, which is rather surprising considering both men give it their all when it comes to movie-making. Their new collaboration may just be worth the wait as the duo took to the Canadian wilderness to film The Revenant, a survival-adventure tale featuring DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, the mythical frontiersman from the early 1820s, who after being brutally attacked by a bear and abandoned by his fellow hunters, traveled more than 200 miles seeking redemption and safety.

Shot using only natural light by Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity, Birdman), the production was on location in Calgary for months, combating limited shooting hours and brutal weather conditions only to run out of snow at the end. The uncooperative weather means the production, which also includes Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina) and Will Poulter (The Maze Runner) will gear up in Gortex again to conclude production on Argentina’s southern-most tip in a mad dash to complete the film by Christmas Day.

But if anyone can handle it, it’s the alpha duo of DiCaprio and Iñárritu. If you need more proof of their manliness, just check out the trailer below and remember, they were battling wind chills that freeze your fingers instantly. Not even bear pelts do much good in that scenario.

The Revenant

2015 movie
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  • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu