Fans of Martin Scorsese have been eagerly awaiting his new film, The Wolf of Wall Street, set to release next month. The film is based on the memoirs of Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), an infamous Wall Street investor who ran a penny-stock boiler room in the 1990’s.
Belfort’s brokerage house, Stratton Oakmont, was shut down in 1998 and Belfort was sent to jail for 22 months on charges of money laundering and securities fraud. He also had to fork over $110.4 million in compensation fees. Touted as a black comedy, the film will follow the rise and fall of one of Wall Street’s most notorious investors.
According to french site Allocine, the film will have a 2 hour and 59 minute run time (just shy of three hours) making it the longest Scorsese film to date - beating out Casino by one minute. The long run time should come as no surprise for Scorsese fans, as many of his movies are well over 2 hours (Goodfellas, The Departed). It’s also no surprise that he’s working with Leonardo DiCaprio, who has appeared in four Scorsese movies since Gangs of New York. In addition to DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street is supported by an impressive cast which includes Matthey McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) and Jonah Hill.
The studio has unveiled new images from the movie, featuring the star-studded cast, as the release date approaches - check them out below:
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With the release of the new trailer, it looks like The Wolf of Wall Street will combine comedy with some serious criminal undertones, which will hopefully keep fans in their seats for the three hour stretch. It can be difficult to keep audiences hooked for that amount of time, but Scorsese has been successful with long run times in the past. Let us hope that he adds another movie to his repertoire that will keep us invested in the story and keep us re-watching the film for years to come.
It will be interesting to see this film come together - especially given the film's one inherent hurdle: since it's based on a true story, we already know the ending. Still, Casino and Goodfellas were both based on non-fiction books, and this sort of thing is right in Scorsese’s wheelhouse - there is every reason to believe that he is going to deliver.
The Wolf of Wall Street will be in theaters December 25, 2013.
Source: Allocine (via The Playlist)