Martin Scorsese continues to round out the cast of his upcoming The Wolf of Wall Street with unexpected and potentially inspired choices (save for star Leonardo DiCaprio, as only his non-casting in the role would have been unexpected). The true life story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort and his meteoric rise and fall (both personally and professionally) has already lined up DiCaprio to star, alongside Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, and Kyle Chandler, and now it’s high time for Scorsese to throw a lady into the mix. To that end, the filmmaker has looked to Broadway star Cristin Milioti (who recently earned a Tony nomination for her starring role in the Great White Way adaptation of Once) to play DiCaprio’s wife, and the actress is currently in negotiations for the part.
Variety reports that the role is for “Belfort’s first wife, an Italian-American hairdresser who is devoted to her husband and heartbroken when he strays outside the marriage.” Oh, yeaaaah, emphasis on the first part of that description.
Milioti has put in some time on various television series, with appearances on such shows as The Sopranos (too on the nose?), Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife, and 30 Rock under her belt. She also recently appeared in Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me, in a role that cast her as Birbiglia’s character’s sister (a spin on Birbiglia’s real-life brother and co-writer, Joe). While that part wasn’t particularly large, Milioti was certainly comfortable and charming in it.
The film will start lensing later this summer. [via The Playlist]