Rob Reiner in Talks to Join Martin Scorsese’s THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

     June 20, 2012


With production looming closer on director Martin Scorsese’s next project, The Wolf of Wall Street, he’s continuing to fill out an unsurprisingly impressive cast.  Leonardo DiCaprio is set as the lead in the adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s memoir, as the story follows the hard partying, drug addicted stockbroker who was indicted in 1998 for security fraud and money laundering, and served a 22-month federal prison stretch.  The supporting cast already includes last year’s Best Actor winner Jean Dujardin, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler and Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), with Margot Robbie recently set as the film’s female lead.

Now THR reports that actor/director Rob Reiner is in talks to join the production as DiCaprio’s father.  The script was written by Terrence Winter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) and production begins this August in New York.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis of the book.

the_wolf_of_wall_street_jordan_belfort_book_coverHere’s a synopsis for The Wolf of Wall Street:

By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids who waited for him at home, and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king and did his bidding, here, in his own inimitable words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called…

In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. Now, in this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess no one could invent.
Reputedly the prototype for the film Boiler Room, Stratton Oakmont turned microcap investing into a wickedly lucrative game as Belfort’s hyped-up, coked-out brokers browbeat clients into stock buys that were guaranteed to earn obscene profits–for the house. But an insatiable appetite for debauchery, questionable tactics, and a fateful partnership with a breakout shoe designer named Steve Madden would land Belfort on both sides of the law and into a harrowing darkness all his own.

From the stormy relationship Belfort shared with his model-wife as they ran a madcap household that included two young children, a full-time staff of twenty-two, a pair of bodyguards, and hidden cameras everywhere—even as the SEC and FBI zeroed in on them—to the unbridled hedonism of his office life, here is the extraordinary story of an ordinary guy who went from hustling Italian ices at sixteen to making hundreds of millions. Until it all came crashing down…

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