New Regency confirmed the casting on Monday (30) as the mouth-watering cast takes shape around Leonardo DiCaprio.

Alejandro González Iñárritu will direct the story from the screenplay he co-adapted with Mark L Smith from Michael Punke’s novel The Revenant: A Novel Of Revenge.

The in-demand Hardy has been linked to the project for some time as mentioned in a profile in mid-June in Screendaily on one of the project’s producers Anonymous Content.

RatPac is co-financing The Revenant with New Regency, while Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Keith Redmon and David Kanter will produce the film alongside Iñárritu, Arnon Milchan and James Skotchdopole.

Paul Green, Brett Ratner and James Packer are the executive producers and the film is scheduled to start production on September 22 for an autumn 2015 release.

The Revenant is a 19th century-set story about a fur trapper who hatches a revenge plot after he is robbed in the aftermath of a bear attack.