Leonardo DiCaprio reteams with Scorsese once more at the head of an all-star cast, and now Deadline report that Paramount Pictures have closed a deal for the film’s US distribution rights, and are eyeing a release in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Translation: Oscar season.
DiCaprio stars alongside Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau, Jean Dujardin, Kyle Chandler, Margot Robbie, and Rob Reiner, which naturally makes it one of the most promising casts of next year.
Scorsese is also reuniting with Terence Winter, creator of Boardwalk Empire and writer on The Sopranos, who has penned the script, adapting Jordan Belfort’s original book of the same name.
Whilst we await the official synopsis, here’s the synopsis for Belfort’s book, courtesy of Waterstones:
“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.”
Scorsese won big at the Oscars with his last film, Hugo, which came away with five Oscars earlier in the year, and naturally Scorsese is no stranger to the Academy, finally winning his long-deserved Oscar in the Best Director category for The Departed five years ago.
It remains to be seen exactly what categories The Wolf of Wall Street will be competing in, but naturally we’re excited to find out. No word yet on who will be distributing the film here in the UK, but given all of the talent involved, we can’t imagine it will have any trouble securing a release, and hopefully we’ll see it arrive on our shores at the same time as the US. More as we get it.