Improbably enough, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese have formed one of the most prominent actor-director partnerships of the last 50 years. After working together on four movies in the last decade, they’ll reunite for a fifth on The Wolf of Wall Street, which was officially announced today by Red Granite Pictures. Wolf is based off a memoir by Jordan Belfort, who served almost two years in prison for manipulating the stock market to the tune of a couple hundred millon dollars after living the expectedly hedonistic life of a Wall Street mover and shaker. With all of the recent attention on Wall Street’s insidious dealings, it’s the perfect time for the project.
“Everything about this film plays to Martin Scorsese’s genius and visionary storytelling,” producer Riza Aziz said in the movie’s official press release. “At its heart, The Wolf of Wall Street is about the rise of new ‘modern’ gangsters in New York. Wall Street gangsters that redefined excess, greed and arrogance. We’re excited to see Mr. Scorsese take the reins of this visceral, tumultuous ride.”
Of course, Scorsese is best known for exploring the evolving nature of gangsterism in movies like Mean Streets, Goodfellas and The Departed. In The Departed, we saw how modern entitlements like cell phones and computers added an entirely new layer to the mob’s traditional dealings. In Wolf, it seems like he’ll go a step further and show how the entire criminal methodology has changed, even as the mindset remains the same: Get in and get money. And who better to navigate the high-profile world than an actor who’s never looked bad in a suit? Wolf is targeted for a tentative 2013 release.