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Rob Reiner Is Leonardo DiCaprio's Dad In Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf Of Wall Street'

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 20, 2012 4:22 PM
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Rob Reiner

Well, if Martin Scorsese is looking to throw off any expectations people might have about his upcoming "The Wolf Of Street," he's doing a pretty good job. It's been a bit of an odd bunch assembled for the movie thus far, but apparently, we ain't seen nothing yet.

Rob Reiner will make his first big screen appearance in nearly a decade (he last appeared in "Alex & Emma" which he also directed) playing Leonardo DiCaprio's father Max in the film. Uh, okay then. While the film, penned by Terence Winter, tells 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, but is this going to be a more lighthearted movie than we previously thought? With Reiner joined by guys like Jonah Hill and Jean Dujardin, we're beginning to wonder...

Guess we'll soon find out, and maybe Reiner is going to go all serious on us. Jon Bernthal, Cristin Milioti and Margot Robbie round out the cast for the film, which starts shooting later this summer. [Deadline]

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  • Christian | June 20, 2012 4:51 PMReply

    Scorsese said that the film is going to be a comedy, so the casting does make sense.

  • oogle monster | June 20, 2012 5:04 PM

    WAIT. Leo is doing a comedy with Scorsese? Will this be more Catch Me If You Can and less J. Edgar-constipated Leo? Amen!

  • WRT | June 20, 2012 4:35 PMReply

    The script is a mile-a-minute recounting from Jordan's perspective -- very much in the same style as Goodfellas -- and as much dark comedy as drama (if not more). It is lighthearted in a way. It's certainly not grim, which of course it could've been. I would only say it's redundant in the sense that it reminded me so much of Goodfellas. It's the kind of movie that will play as great entertainment, but the way the story is told (super fast pace, very plotty) will keep it from achieving anything like masterpiece tier. I think it will the best Scorsese since The Departed, though

  • d | June 21, 2012 6:33 AM

    This is good to hear. Thanks.

  • WRT | June 20, 2012 11:45 PM

    It's more on the side of Casino/Goodfellas. It really has to be because of its scope (like those films, it spans several years). This requires a different kind of storytelling and thus a different mood. It's structure is episodic. There are lots of moments, lots of scenes discrete from the rest (especially one hilarious one involving an 'orgy' [I'll say no more] that I'm not sure will even make it into the film). It has an arc almost identical to Goodfellas in many ways

  • d | June 20, 2012 7:07 PM

    "as far as Scorsese is concerned there's really no correlation between his films' pace/tone and my personal list." I agree, my favorites are probably The Age of Innocence and Casino (though I love quite a few others). I guess I'm wondering if this is more of a rise-and-fall docudrama in the vein of Goodfellas/Casino, or a tightly-plotted cat-and-mouse thriller like The Departed?

  • WRT | June 20, 2012 6:36 PM

    His only masterpiece to my mind is Last Temptation, though I really like The Departed, Cape Fear, Raging Bull, The Aviator. I prefer slower, contemplative stuff generally, but as far as Scorsese is concerned there's really no correlation between his films' pace/tone and my personal list. Cape Fear is one of my favorites and tonally it's in between. Kundun (very contemplative) is among my least favorite of his movies, and I'm not a huge BOTD fan either (very fast). It just comes down to the individual storytelling, and TWoWS is as energetic and compelling as TD or Cape Fear for me. It sucks you in. It does what Goodfellas does, but I think I'll end up liking it better as I prefer the setting and characters and how the story plays out. The casting so far is unexpected but neat and I think fitting in an interesting way

  • d | June 20, 2012 4:57 PM

    Just curious, what do you consider masterpiece-tier Scorsese? And is there ever an overlap with super fast-paced/very plotty Scorsese?

  • d | June 20, 2012 4:33 PMReply

    I dunno, this looks like a pretty normal cast to me.

  • Jen | June 20, 2012 4:24 PMReply

    No, the script for this isn't' lighthearted at all. It's insufferable and redundant.

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