BREAKING: There is life after The Walking Dead. Jon Bernthal, whose demise from AMC’s zombie drama was one of the most shocking things in recent episodic TV history, has just joined the cast of the Martin Scorsese-directed The Wolf Of Wall Street. He’ll play a drug dealer and money launderer in the film that stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. The film’s being financed by Red Granite and produced by Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland, DiCaprio, Scorsese and Emma Koskoff, and Alexandra Milchan. Terence Winter wrote the script about the rise and fall of Wall Streeter Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio). Irwin Winkler and Georgia Kacandes are executive producers. The film shoots in New York in August.
Bernthal is currently in production as the lead in Frank Darabont’s new TNT series L.A. Noir. For the big screen, Bernthal recently wrapped filming on Ric Roman Waugh’s action drama Snitch opposite Susan Sarandon and Dwayne Johnson. Bernthal earned a 2011 Ovation Award nomination for his role in Rogue Machine Theatre’s Small Engine Repair, which will have its New York premiere for MCC in spring 2013. He is repped by The Burstein Company and WME.