BREAKING: After getting an Oscar nomination playing Brad Pitt’s wing man in Moneyball, Jonah Hill has just been set to star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf Of Wall Street, the Martin Scorsese-directed adaptation of the Jordan Belfort memoir. Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter wrote the script.
The film chronicles Belfort’s dramatic rise and fall on Wall Street, along with his hard-partying lifestyle and tumultuous personal life, which included drug and alcohol addiction. Hill will play his close friend, who becomes Belfort’s business partner when the charismatic stock broker persuades him to quit his job in the furniture business to jump into the lucrative, volatile world of stocks.
Red Granite Pictures principals Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland stepped up to make the picture happen, and they are producing along with Appian Way’s DiCaprio, Sikelia Production’ Scorsese and Emma Koskoff, and EMJAG Productions’ Alexandra Milchan. Irwin Winkler and Georgia Kacandes will executive produce. Hill is repped by WME and Karl Austen.
Hill is coming off 21 Jump Street, the hit comedy that just crossed $175 million at the global box office. He next stars with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn in The Watch, the comedy that had previously been titled Neighborhood Watch at Fox.