Rob Reiner To Play Leonardo DiCaprio's Dad In Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street
Rob Reiner may best be known as a director nowadays, but long before helming his first feature he was known as an actor. After years of appearing in random episodes of random television shows, he got his big break playing Michael 'Meathead' Stivic on the classic series All in the Family. Of course he eventually went on to direct such classic films as This is Spinal Tap!, The Princess Bride, Stand By Me and When Harry Met Sally..., and he remained an actor for some time, but in recent years he has appeared in fewer and fewer projects. In fact, his last live-action film performance was in the 2003 romance Alex & Emma. But now he's ready to return and he's doing so alongside Martin Scorsese.
Deadline has learned that Reiner has been added to the growing cast of The Wolf of Wall Street. The project is based on the book by Jordan Belfort and chronicles the journey of a broker played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who finds success in the stock market and begins to live a life of hard partying and excess. His world comes crumbling down, however, when he is arrested for securities fraud and faces a 20 year prison sentence. Reiner will be playing Max Belfort, Jordan's father. Scorsese has already lined up a stellar supporting cast for the film, which includes Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Jon Bernthal, Margot Robbie and Cristin Milioti.
The script was written by Terence Winter, who is best known for creating the award-winning HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Production will begin this August in New York and the movie will likely be released in 2013.
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