Jean Dujardin joins Martin Scorsese’s ‘Wolf of Wall Street’
‘The Artist’ actor will join Leonardo DiCaprio in upcoming film.
For those who love collaborations between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, there’s another one coming soon called ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and is based on a pretty good book of the same name. And now, it’s getting last year’s Oscar winner as a part of the cast.
Variety reports that actor Jean Dujardin, the star of last year’s Oscar winning ‘The Artist’, is in talks to join the Jordan Belfort‘s memoir adaptation with Terence Winter adapting it for the screen. Here’s the synopsis of the book:
Belfort, who founded one of the first and largest chop shop brokerage firms in 1987, was banned from the securities business for life by 1994, and later went to jail for fraud and money-laundering, delivers a memoir that reads like fiction. It covers his decade of success with straightforward accounts of how he worked with managers of obscure companies to acquire large amounts of stock with minimal public disclosure, then pumped up the price and sold it, so he and the insiders made large profits while public investors usually lost. Profits were laundered through purchase of legitimate businesses and cash deposits in Swiss banks. There is only brief mention of Belfort’s life before Wall Street or events since 1997. The book’s main topic is the vast amount of sex, drugs and risky physical behavior Belfort managed to survive. As might be expected in the autobiography of a veteran con man with movie rights already sold, it’s hard to know how much to believe.
The actor has usually stuck to French language films before, probably because his French accent is too thick and English not that great. But with the right role, he can shine and is an amazing actor as we saw in his silent but powerful performance in ‘The Artist’. He’s negotiating for the role of Jean-Jacques Handali, who is a slick Swiss banker who ends up helping Belfort in his dirty deeds.
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