Jonah Hill Joins Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street
05.04.12 by Ryan
Known almost entirely for comedies, actor Jonah Hill earned an Academy Award nomination for his role as Peter Brand in last year's Moneyball. While Hill hasn't given up on comedies (and shouldn't, judging by the surprisingly excellent 21 Jump Street), the actor is still interested in dramatic roles. In February, Hill was cast in his follow-up dramatic role in the memoir-based drama True Story, produced by Moneyball co-star Brad Pitt, and now Hill has landed a role in another memoir adaptation, director Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.
Based on Jordan Belfort's memoir of the same name and adapted by Terence Winter (creator of HBO's Boardwalk Empire, which Scorsese executive produces), The Wolf of Wall Street will follow DiCaprio as Belfort, whose decadent party lifestyle ruins his career as a stockbroker as he eventually lands in jail for securities fraud. Hill will play DiCaprio's good friend who persuades him to become a stockbroker and eventually the two become business partners.
Production on The Wolf of Wall Street will start this August in New York, after Hill has finished work on True Story, which is now reportedly set to start shooting in June. That's a lot of drama for Hill, so we expect he'll be ready to move on to the 21 Jump Street sequel.