Ever since it was announced last summer that Leonardo DiCaprio and director Alejandro González Iñárritu were teaming up on "The Revenant," we've been anxiously awaiting our first look. The film, based on the true story of a 19th-century fur trader fighting for survival and revenge, is DiCaprio's first return to Hollywood since announcing a self-imposed break back in January 2013.

After watching the first trailer, let's just say the guy knows how to make an entrance.

There are two things that speak to the creative vision of director Iñárritu in this incredible trailer. First off, sound plays almost as large a role, perhaps even more so, than the visuals. It's incredibly interesting and effective the way the sound effects are downplayed in favor of the tension-building drums, the increase of DiCaprio's breath, and the film's score. Second, Iñárritu's decision to use only natural light pays off big time. Never before has a survival drama like this one captured the natural world in quite the same way.

Leonardo DiCaprio The RevenantLeonardo DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, a 19th-century fur trapper who must survive in the wild after being left for dead by his partners. (Photo: The Revenant)

"The light is very reduced here in winter, and we are not shooting with any electrical lighting, just natural light," Iñárritu told Deadline earlier this year while on location outside Alberta, Canada. "And every single scene is so difficult — emotionally, technically. I’ve gotten myself in trouble again, but I’m trying my best."

Check out the first trailer for "The Revenant" below. The film is slated for release in January 2016.

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