Hugo was one of the first feature films Martin Scorsese made without Leonardo DiCaprio in quite some time. And while most deem Hugo a massive success, the filmmaker apparently misses his leading man because they plan to reunite for The Wolf of Wall Street this August.
According to a release, Scorsese and DiCaprio finally will collaborate on the project that they have been kicking around for some time. DiCaprio will play Jordan Belfort, an actual Wall Street maven who ascended through the financial ranks but was brought down by his hard-partying ways and eventual drug and alcohol addictions.
Producer Riza Aziz, who will back the project through Red Granite Pictures, says: “Everything about this film plays to Martin Scorsese’s genius and visionary storytelling. At its heart, The Wolf of Wall Street is about the rise of new ‘modern’ gangsters in New York. Wall Street gangsters that redefined excess, greed and arrogance. We’re excited to see Mr. Scorsese take the reins of this visceral, tumultuous ride.”
And I’m excited to see how Scorsese will distance Wolf from Oliver Stone’s two Wall Street cracks. Can DiCaprio displace Michael Douglas’s Gordon Gekko as the face of American corruption?
Obviously, this is Scorsese’s fifth collaboration with DiCaprio. Their efforts have spawned such modern classics as Gangs of New York, Shutter Island, The Aviator and The Departed, the film that finally won Scorsese his Oscar. The release says Wolf begins shooting in New York in August, right after DiCaprio puts a cap on Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, currently filming in Australia.
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