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Casting News: DiCaprio in Wolf, Washington in Safe House, Lost's Pellegrino Goes SyFy

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 8, 2010 at 5:40AM

- Leonardo DiCaprio is teaming with Ridley Scott (not Scorsese, as once planned) for the screen adaptation of Jordon Belfort's memoir The Wolf of Wall Street, according to Deadline. The screenplay by Sopranos (and Boardwalk Empire) writer Terry Winter follows a head stockbroker (DiCaprio) as he leads his team in coaching clients to purchase stocks that fund their extravagant lives--until they get caught. Scott and DiCaprio are both busy: Scott's helming 3-D Alien prequel and DiCaprio is prepping a Hoover biopic, so it's unclear when Wolf will land on their schedules.
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- Leonardo DiCaprio is teaming with Ridley Scott (not Scorsese, as once planned) for the screen adaptation of Jordon Belfort's memoir The Wolf of Wall Street, according to Deadline. The screenplay by Sopranos (and Boardwalk Empire) writer Terry Winter follows a head stockbroker (DiCaprio) as he leads his team in coaching clients to purchase stocks that fund their extravagant lives--until they get caught. Scott and DiCaprio are both busy: Scott's helming 3-D Alien prequel and DiCaprio is prepping a Hoover biopic, so it's unclear when Wolf will land on their schedules.

- Vulture reports that as he mourns the death of his agent, Ed Limato, Denzel Washington is in talks to star in David Guggenheim's spy triller Safe House; WME CEOs Ari Emmanuel and Patrick Whitesell are handling the deal. Safe House takes place in South America and finds a U.S. intelligence agent forced to go on the run with his latest prisoner (Washington) after his safe house is attacked. Who will co-star as the intelligence agent opposite Washington's intimidating prisoner?Matt Damon would be an obvious choice, but because Washington lands $20-million paydays for studio flicks, someone less expensive (Damon typically gets $10 million) may have to step up to the plate.

- Mark Pellegrino, who can be seen in everything from Lost (Jacob) to Supernatural (Lucifer) to Dexter (not to mention Capote, Mulholland Drive, The Big Lebowski) has landed a lead role in SyFy series Being Human. The series focuses on three roommates (a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost) and Pellegrino will play the role of vampire Aiden's mentor, Bishop.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, Daily Read, Ridley Scott, Thriller, Biopics, Books, Denzel Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.