Jonah Hill May Join DiCaprio for Scorsese’s ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:13 pm,

Jonah Hill as Peter Brand in Moneyball Jonah Hill May Join DiCaprio for Scorseses Wolf of Wall Street

Oscar-nominee (say it with us now…) Jonah Hill continues to branch out into pure dramatic acting territory, following his turn in last year’s lauded Moneyball adaptation. In addition to his upcoming role in the true-story based flick titled… well, True Story, Hill is now eying a role in another high-profile project based on real events: The Wolf of Wall Street.

Wolf of Wall Street was rumored to become the fifth collaboration between actor-director duo Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese for well over a year – until the project was finally, officially confirmed just a couple of weeks ago (from the time of writing this).

The film is based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir (of the same name), wherein the disgraced Wall Street penny stock broker recounts his larger-than-life exploits during the last decade of the 20th century. Following Belfort’s founding of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont in 1990, the man would go on to make a living for several years, reaping thousands of dollars a minute – and blowing it on extravagant purchases (170-foot yachts, Gulfstream jets), six-digit hotel tabs, drugs and prostitutes, along with other items commonly associated with a “hard-partying” lifestyle.

According to THR, should Hill sign on for Wolf of Wall Street, he would portray Danny Porush, the eventual best friend and business partner to Belfort – who is convinced to abandon his career in furniture sales “and enter the lucrative yet volatile world of stock brokering.”

Needless to say, those plans eventually backfire on the pair.

Scorsese and DiCaprio are reuniting for 'Wolf of Wall Street'

DiCaprio and Scorsese both read as great fits to handle a fascinating, true-life character study like Wolf of Wall Street. As for Hill: so long as he brings the same restraint (re: none of his customary comedy schtick) that he demonstrated while playing “Peter Brand” in Moneyball – to the corrupted Danny Porush in Scorsese’s new project, then he should prove to be a fine addition to the party.

Similarly, if the prospect of Scorsese overseeing yet another tale about an (in)famous, public, criminal figure with a skewed sense of morality and priorities (a la Henry Hill in Goodfellas, “Sam Rothstein” in Casino) isn’t enough – Wolf of Wall Street is being adapted for the big screen by screenwriter Terence Winter, the creator of Boardwalk Empire (and one of the masterminds behind The Sopranos).

Needless to say, Wolf of Wall Street could find both Scorsese and Winter operating at the top of their game. That should especially hold true with latter, as this project will provide Winter with an opportunity to craft the sort of interesting character study he feels is woefully under-appreciated around Hollywood nowadays.

The Wolf of Wall Street is slated to begin production this fall.


Source: THR

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  1. He’s shaping out to be a well rounded actor. I’m glad to see him branching out – good stuff!

  2. I like Jonah Hill as both a comedic and dramatic actor (although i still dont think he shouldve been oscar nominated). But he still isnt good enough for me to want to see a movie just because he’s in it.

    However, Scorsese and DiCaprio are two I love and can’t wait to see the next collaboration. So i will be seeing this movie, and congrats on Jonah Hill moving up in his career

  3. Of all the amazing, smart actors in the world.. why THIS generic comic dude? And SCORSESE yet… Well, Hill’s people must surely be doing a full court press to get him “serious” roles, before he gets too old for his schtick in the Apatow movies, but best to give Scorsese the benefit of the doubt until the movie is released.

    • Just like him casting that dicator dude in hugo

  4. I was actually able to read an early draft of the screenplay and, as the character was built in it, Jonah Hill actually fits the part. It’s a role that needs less self-restraint than the one in Moneyball but does require an equal level of seriousness. Never thought I’d say this, but he’s not a bad choice

  5. Good to see Leo and Martin back at work again.

  6. I can’t see this guy playing the role of a killer stockbroker. Unless Jonah is just comong into his own this role might make him