I’m not sure, but I think Matthew McConaughey has been slowly plotting a quiet but deadly industry takeover. This summer he’s starring in Magic Mike and the newly-released NC-17 crime thriller, Killer Joe. And now he’s managed to catch the eye of the great Marty Scorsese, whose next film, The Wolf Of Wall Street, is in its final stages of casting. It’s just been announced that Matty-boy is officially on, which means he may be officially retiring from his position as universal eye candy. But then again, that’s a job that doesn’t require a lot of commitment. He pretty much just has to show up, so he can probably keep the job even as he joins the ranks of crazy talented actors who’ve done a Scorsese flick. Everybody wins! Deets inside.
Killing it. That’s all we can say about Matthew McConaughey, who we hope gives his agent a helluva Christmas present this year, because the actor has been lining up one great project after another without stopping for a moment. After “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” in 2009, Mac took a couple years away from the multiplex only to return with this run of the films: the sleeper hit “The Lincoln Lawyer,” Richard Linklater‘s best film in years “Bernie,“ William Friedkin‘s knockout “Killer Joe,” Lee Daniels‘…interesting…”The Paperboy,“ Jeff Nichols‘ fairy tale “Mud,” and Steven Soderbergh‘s stripper flick “Magic Mike” (with Oscar talk already building up around his performance in that one). So what does Mac do next? How about working with Martin Scorsese.
The actor has joined the already star-studded “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Damn. Penned by Terence Winter, the film will tell the true story of Jordan Belfort, a wheeling and dealing New York stockbroker who sees his career and personal life fall into shambles thanks to sex, drugs and alcohol. Mac will play Mark Hanna, an early mentor to Belfort, and joins the growing cast that now includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Rob Reiner, Jake Hoffman, Jon Bernthal, Cristin Milioti, Margot Robbie, Ethan Suplee and Katrina Cas.
So yeah, The Wolf Of Wall Street is gonna be craaaay! I hope! Not that I have to do a lot of hoping; haven’t met a Scorsese flick I didn’t like yet. I just don’t see any bad here, especially with Jean Dujardin (from The Artist), Leo and Jonah on board. I also love me some Kyle Chandler (remember Early Edition?!), so good times are near.
Scorsese will start shooting The Wolf Of Wall Street this month, in New York.