Coming off his Oscar nomination for Moneyball, it’s no surprise that Jonah Hill is finally starting to line up some suitably grown-up and dramatic roles. His last release was the hilarious ’80s send-up 21 Jump Street and he’ll next be seen in the suburban alien comedy The Watch, but Hill’s dramatic talents are desperately needed in other features – like Rupert Goold’s True Story and now Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street.
Deadline Yonkers reports that Hill is now in talks to co-star in Scorsese’s fact-based film, playing a wingman of sorts to Leonardo DiCaprio, who will star as Jordan Belfort, the former Wall Street heavyweight who wrote about his dramatic rise and fall in his memoir of the same name. Hill will star as a close friend of Belfort’s who eventually became his 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.” And it won’t just be the workplace that will be volatile, as Belfort was also a big party dude who ended up with drug and alcohol addictions.
DiCaprio (shockingly) joined the project over a year ago, and the pair firmly committed to lensing the film starting this August, so it’s high time the rest of the cast started to roll in. With the addition of Hill, it looks like Wolf is very much headed in the right direction.
Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter has adapted the script from Belfort’s memoir, and if you’d like to get a taste for the book, check out an excerpt over at Amazon.