UPDATE: Matthew McConaughey is continuing his comeback by joining the all-star cast of Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.” McConaughey (“Magic Mike,” “Killer Joe” and Cannes titles “The Paperboy” and “Mud”) will play Mark Hanna, an early boss and mentor to Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Jordan Belfort, upon whose novel the film is based.
In June, it was announced that Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) would join the film, alongside DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Kyle Chandler.
EARLIER: Adapted by “The Sopranos” and “Boardwalk Empire” scribe Terry Winter, the film follows a stockbroker (DiCaprio) as he leads his team in coaching clients to purchase the stocks that fund their extravagant lifestyles–until they get caught. The book’s subtitle: “Stock market multimillionaire at 26, federal convict at 36.”
Scorsese was originally attached, was replaced by Ridley Scott, and then came back on board. Red Granite Pictures (Wall Street vets Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland) is financing, with Scorsese and DiCaprio among the producers. ThePlaylist has more project history. It will shoot this summer. (But will it be in 3-D? Scorsese memorably proclaimed at Cinemacon that he wants to keep shooting n 3-D.)
Scorsese and DiCaprio’s last collaboration “Shutter Island” was a let-down after their Oscar-winning “The Departed.” Scorsese may be coming off a good Oscar night with five “Hugo” statuettes (though the film underperformed at the box office, given its cost), while DiCaprio is erasing the memory of “J. Edgar” with Baz Luhrmann’s ambitious 3-D “The Great Gatsby” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” amping up their promotion in advance of their dueling Christmas release dates.