Jordan Belfort ruled Wall Street with an iron fist, back in the 1990s, after he founded the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont. He began to rake in thousands of dollars a minute and developed a hard-partying lifestyle fueled by an endless supply of drugs, sex, and international mayhem (all the while he enjoyed married life with children at home).
Soon – or rather, not soon enough – a federal investigation threatened to reveal the dirty side of Belfort’s white collar business, which included stock manipulation, securities fraud and dealings with the Mafia. This is the story of The Wolf of Wall Street.
Director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio reunited for The Wolf of Wall Street, which is the duo’s fifth collaboration over the past decade (going back to Gangs of New York in 2002). The film is based on Belfort’s published memoir and was adapted for the screen by Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, with a supporting cast that includes Jonah Hill (This Is the End), Matthew McConaughey (Mud), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Kyle Chandler (Zero Dark Thirty), Margot Robbie (Pan Am), Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother), Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) and Jon Favreau (Iron Man 3).
Check out trailer screenshots from The Wolf of Wall Street:
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The Wolf of Wall Street trailer definitely gives off a “Goodfellas meets Boiler Room” vibe – the latter film was inspired by Belfort – between DiCaprio’s voiceover narration and showing the downright bizarre antics that transpired under the Wolf’s reign (be it dwarf tossing in the office or DiCaprio’s moves on the dance floor). The threat of an imminent meltdown is palpable, even in these two to three minutes of footage, and that bodes well for Scorsese and Winter’s crackling examination of the perverted American Dream in the actual film.
DiCaprio is bringing his characteristic intensity to the titular role, but there’s potential for scene-stealing performance from his costars like McConaughey (who looks unusually gaunt here, following his turn as AIDS victim Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyer’s Club). Indeed, the early signs point to Wolf of Wall Street being an energetic and biting damnation of Wall Street excess living – one that’s pretty dang entertaining to watch, no less.
The Wolf of Wall Street opens in U.S. theaters on November 15th, 2013.
Source: Paramount Pictures