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Nov 10, 2011
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DiCaprio, Penn Up for Western

Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn may combine their considerable acting talents for The Revenant.

According to Deadline, New Regency wants the actors to star in the revenge western that will be helmed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who previously directed Penn in 21 Grams.

An adaptation of Michael Punke's fact-based novel, The Revenant recounts the horrific tale of frontiersman Hugh Glass who was a 36-year-old member of a fur-trapping expedition to the Rocky Mountains in 1823 when he was mauled by a grizzly. The group's captain left behind two men -- John Fitzgerald and the legendary Jim Bridger -- to stay with Glass until he died from his injuries. But they didn't. Fearful that Indians weren't going to get them, Fitzgerald and Bridger stripped Glass of his weapons and equipment and fled. Glass didn't die. Instead, the mutilated trapper crawled over 200 miles through the wilderness to find Fitzgerald and Bridger and exact his revenge. That's a real-life badass, folks.

DiCaprio would play Glass, while Penn would play one of the men who left Glass behind.

Glass's legend served as the basis for the 1971 western Man in the Wilderness, starring Richard Harris and John Huston.

 

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