The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 biographical black comedy film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the memoir of the same name by Jordan Belfort. The screenplay was written by Terence Winter, and the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort, along with other cast members including Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Rob Reiner, Kyle Chandler, and Matthew McConaughey, among others. The film marks a fifth collaboration between Scorsese and DiCaprio.
It premiered in New York City on December 17, 2013, and was released in the United States on December 25, 2013, distributed by Paramount Pictures.
Plot[edit | edit source]
In 1987, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) takes an entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm. By the early 1990s, while still in his 20s, Belfort founds his own firm, Stratton Oakmont. Together with his trusted lieutenant (Jonah Hill) and a merry band of brokers, Belfort makes a huge fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. However, while Belfort and his cronies partake in a hedonistic brew of sex, drugs and thrills, the SEC and the FBI close in on his empire of excess.
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Leonardo DiCaprio - Jordan Belfort
- Margot Robbie - Naomi Lapaglia
- Jonah Hill - Danny Porush
- Matthew McConaughey - Mark Hanna
- Jean Dujardin - Jean-Jacques Handali
- Kyle Chandler - Greg Coleman
- Jon Favreau - Lee Sorkin
- Rob Reiner - Max Belfort
Production[edit | edit source]
Filming began on August 8, 2012 in New York. Jonah Hill announced that his first day of shooting was September 4, 2012. It was also reported that filming took place in Closter, New Jersey and Ardsley, New York. In January 2013, additional scenes were shot at a set built in an abandoned office building in Ardsley, New York.
Scorsese's longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker confirmed that the film would be shot digitally instead of on film. Scorsese, who had been a proponent of shooting on film, shot Hugo digitally because it was being filmed in 3D. The Wolf of Wall Street will be shot and released in digital 2D. Schoonmaker expressed her disappointment with the decision, saying, "It would appear that we've lost the battle. I think Marty just feels it's unfortunately over, and there's been no bigger champion of film than him."