The drama is based on the autobiography of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), who made millions as a fraudulent stock broker operating out of Long Island. He spent 20 months in prison for his role in a massive securities fraud that involved widespread Wall Street corruption.
Jonah Hill will play Danny Porush, Jordan Belfort's best friend who convinced him to quit his menial job as a furniture salesman, and become a stock broker. The true story also served as the inspiration for the 2000 financial drama Boiler Room.
Martin Scorsese is directing from an adapted screenplay by Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter. Production is scheduled to begin this August in New York City.
The Wolf of Wall Street was released December 25th, 2013 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie, Jonah Hill, Cristin Milioti, Jon Bernthal, Ethan Suplee, Jon Favreau. The film is directed by Martin Scorsese.