Movie studio dismisses report Leonardo DiCaprio is ‘raped by a bear’ in Oscar contender ‘The Revenant’

DiCaprio plays a fur trapper who is attacked by a bear in the forthcoming western

20th Century Fox has dismissed reports that Leonardo DiCaprio’s character is “raped by a bear” in his latest film The Revenant.

In the forthcoming western from Oscar-winning Birdman director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, DiCaprio plays a fur trapper called Hugh Glass who is left for dead by his hunting team after being attacked by a bear. The film follows Glass’s battle to survive a brutal winter by himself in the American wilderness.

Yesterday a website called Drudge Report claimed that Iñárritu’s film had been causing “maximum controversy” in preview screenings because it features scenes in which Glass is violated by a bear. “The bear flips Leo over and thrusts and thrusts during the explicit mauling,” the article claims.

However, the studio behind the movie has now released a statement quashing the reports, with a Fox representative saying: “As anyone who has seen the movie can attest, the bear in the film is a female who attacks Hugh Glass because she feels he might be threatening her cubs. There is clearly no rape scene with a bear.”

The Revenant opens in select US cinemas on December 25 before being released in the UK on January 15. According to bookmakers, DiCaprio is currently frontrunner for next year’s Best Actor Oscar for his performance as Hugh Glass, with his nearest competition coming from Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl) and Johnny Depp (Black Mass).

Watch the latest trailer for The Revenant below.