Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is quickly shaping up to be one of the most promising films in recent memory.
Leonardo DiCaprio is already at the head of the incredibly impressive cast, and now Jon Favreau has been cast as a securities lawyer in the drama, in which he’ll star alongside Jonah Hill (Moneyball), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Justin Wheelon (the upcoming Spring Breakers), and Rob Reiner (A Few Good Men).
Courtesy of Waterstones, here’s the synopsis for the novel upon which the film is based:
“By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids who waited for him at home, and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king and did his bidding, here, in his own inimitable words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called…
In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. Now, in this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess no one could invent.”
DiCaprio will be playing Jordan Belfort, in what has the potential to be one of his best roles to date, reuniting with his Shutter Island director once more.
Scorsese is directing from a script by Terrence Winter, creator of Boardwalk Empire and writer on The Sopranos, who adapts Jordan Belfort’s original novel of the same name.
No word yet on when we can expect it to arrive in theatres, but I’d imagine a release late in 2013 for an awards campaign with one eye on the Oscars would certainly not be out of the question. More as we get it.