Tom Hardy officially joins Leonardo DiCaprio western The Revenant
Last month we learned Tom Hardy was in negotiations to star in an adaptation of the Michael Punke novel The Revenant, and now Variety is reporting after working out his incredibly busy schedule, the actor has officially signed on for the new project from 21 GRAMS and BIUTIFUL director Alejandro Iñárritu.
Tom Hardy will star alongside his INCEPTION co-star Leonardo DiCaprio in THE REVENANT, and Variety is also reporting Will Poulter (WE'RE THE MILLERS, SON OF RAMBOW) is in talks to join the western as well.
Book description from Amazon:
The Revenant tells a story of nearly unimaginable human endurance over 3,000 miles of uncharted American wilderness, spanning what is today the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, and Nebraska. Based on the real life of fur trapper Hugh Glass, The Revenant recounts the toll of envy and betrayal, and the power of obsession and vengeance. Punke's novel opens in 1823, when thirty-six-year-old Hugh Glass joins the Rocky Mountain Fur Co. on a venture into perilous, unexplored territory. After being savagely mauled by a grizzly bear, his nearly lifeless body is left in the care of two volunteers from the company—John Fitzgerald, a ruthless mercenary, and young Jim Bridger, the future "King of the Mountain Men." When Indians approach their camp, Fitzgerald and Bridger abandon Glass. Worse yet, they rob the wounded man of his weapons and tools—the very things that might have given him a chance on his own. Deserted, defenseless, and furious, Glass vows his survival. And his revenge.
Leonardo DiCaprio will play Hugh Glass in THE REVENANT, and while there's no details on Tom Hardy's role in the planned film, he will probably play one of the two volunteers who abandon Glass after robbing him. Filming for THE REVENANT should begin sometime this fall.
THE REVENANT has the potential to be a very dark and gritty western, especially with Alejandro Iñárritu behind the camera, and I'm glad Tom Hardy has joined yet another excellent sounding project. The dude just picks great movies to work on, and I'm quite excited to see a pissed of Leonardo DiCaprio chasing him down in THE REVENANT.