Irish Eye on Hollywood:
True Story of Irish Frontiersman

Leonardo DiCaprio is Irish American Frontiersman Hugh Glass in The Revenant.
Leonardo DiCaprio is Irish American Frontiersman Hugh Glass in The Revenant.

By Tom Deignan, Contributor
December / January 2016

The new year will kick off with three movies showcasing lots of young Irish acting talent.

First up is the highly anticipated new epic from Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Entitled The Revenant, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as well as Irish thespian Domhnall Gleeson, fresh off his latest star-making turn alongside Saoirse Ronan in the Irish immigrant tale Brooklyn. The Revenant is based on a true story and is set in the early 19th Century, chronicling the harrowing tale of frontiersman Hugh Glass. Glass was born in Philadelphia (to Irish immigrant parents, according to most historians) but became an accomplished explorer of the wide open American frontier. But one expedition went wrong and Glass’s partners left him for dead. The film explores Glass’s journey back from the brink of death to seek revenge on his enemies. Expect the critics to rave about this epic (the film is expected to run over two hours and thirty minutes) which seems to combine action adventure with an art house sensibility. ♦

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