“It’s a fun ride. 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,” Alejandro González Iñárritu tells EW about his currently-shooting “The Revenant” (one our 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2015). And it seems like the director, who went out on a few limbs with his jazz-scored, “single-shot,” Oscar nominee “Birdman,” likes to dance on the high wire.
Co-starring Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, and Domnhall Gleeson, the story follows a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead and robbed, who then goes on a mission of vengeance against the men who left him out in the cold. And reteaming with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, Iñárritu is shooting in the wilds of Alberta, Canada and adding an extra layer of complication by only using natural light — and in winter, that means there’s only a small window of daylight hours to work with.
And going by these first-look snaps, the production seems like a far cry from the brightly-lit boards of “Birdman.” We can’t wait. “The Revenant” opens on Christmas Day.