Kyle Chandler Joins Martin Scorsese’s THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

     May 9, 2012


Director Martin Scorsese is putting together one hell of a cast for his next project, The Wolf of Wall Street.  Based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a hard partying, drug addicted stockbroker who was indicted in 1998 for security fraud and money laundering and served a 22-month federal prison stretch.  Oscar nominee Jonah Hill recently joined the cast as Beflort’s close friend and business partner, and now Deadline reports that Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler is signing on to play the FBI agent who built the case against Belfort and took him down.

Chandler has landed some fantastic roles after wrapping the final season of FNL (for which he won the Best Actor Emmy).  He’s currently filming Kathryn Bigelow’s drama about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty, he stars opposite Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in Broken City, and he’ll be seen later this year in Ben Affleck’s very promising period drama Argo.  It’ll be interesting to see if Scorsese makes good on his promise to use 3D on all his post-Hugo projects, but either way he’s lining up a fantastic cast for The Wolf of Wall Street.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of the book.

the_wolf_of_wall_street_jordan_belfort_book_coverHere’s the synopsis for Jordan Belfort’s 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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