Jordan Belfort’s memoir, outlining his days as a New York stockbroker, his party-hard mentality, his rise and fall on Wall Street and his refusal to cooperate in a securities fraud case, is set to be developed into a movie by Red Granite pictures. This is newsworthy stuff because Martin Scorsese has plans to direct, with his favourite man, Leonardo DiCaprio, playing Belfort himself. If everything goes accordingly, The Wolf of Wall Street should appear around theatres by 2013.
Belfort, having spent 22 months in jail for manipulation, deceit and operating a boiler room, may not be the most reliable storyteller in the world. For this reason, it becomes obvious that Scorsese may have to carry out some background research before getting underway. The screenwriter, Terrence Winter, bears much of this responsibility too, so writer and director are expected to work together in order to gather new insights regarding the events outlined in the novel.
While an upcoming Scorsese picture is exciting enough, the cast creates even more reason to anticipate this project with delight and eagerness. Aside from DiCaprio taking the lead role, support actors include Jonah Hill (Moneyball, Superbad), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Rob Reiner (Spinal Tap) and Margot Robbie (Pan Am), who will play Belfort’s wife, Nadine. Also expected to appear are Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal and Cristin Milioti.
The shooting of the film is expected to begin this August, in New York City. The setting is typical of Scorsese, and though he hasn’t yet explored Wall Street, Belfort’s novel includes plenty of criminal dealings and mob infiltration – subjects that touch home with the director, whose vast repertoire of films include Goodfellas, Casino, Taxi Driver and The Departed, among many more. The Wolf of Wall Street possesses a great deal of promise, and if worked around correctly, will definitely turn into one of the highlights of next year.