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Comeback Kid McConaughey Joins DiCaprio and Dujardin on Scorsese's 'Wolf of Wall Street'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 2, 2012 at 4:06PM

UPDATE: Matthew McConaughey is continuing his comeback by joining the all-star cast of Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street." McConaughey (this year's "Magic Mike," "Killer Joe," "The Paperboy" and "Mud") will play Mark Hanna, an early boss and mentor to Leonardo DiCaprio's character, Jordan Belfort.
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UPDATE: Matthew McConaughey is continuing his comeback by joining the all-star cast of Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street." McConaughey ("Magic Mike," "Killer Joe" and Cannes titles "The Paperboy" and "Mud") will play Mark Hanna, an early boss and mentor to Leonardo DiCaprio's character, Jordan Belfort, upon whose novel the film is based.

In June, it was announced that Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin ("The Artist") would join the film, alongside DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Kyle Chandler.

EARLIER: Adapted by "The Sopranos" and "Boardwalk Empire" scribe Terry Winter, the film follows a stockbroker (DiCaprio) as he leads his team in coaching clients to purchase the stocks that fund their extravagant lifestyles--until they get caught. The book's subtitle: "Stock market multimillionaire at 26, federal convict at 36."

Scorsese was originally attached, was replaced by Ridley Scott, and then came back on board. Red Granite Pictures (Wall Street vets Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland) is financing, with Scorsese and DiCaprio among the producers. ThePlaylist has more project history. It will shoot this summer. (But will it be in 3-D? Scorsese memorably proclaimed at Cinemacon that he wants to keep shooting n 3-D.)

Scorsese and DiCaprio's last collaboration "Shutter Island" was a let-down after their Oscar-winning "The Departed."  Scorsese may be coming off a good Oscar night with five "Hugo" statuettes (though the film underperformed at the box office, given its cost), while DiCaprio is erasing the memory of "J. Edgar" with Baz Luhrmann's ambitious 3-D "The Great Gatsby" and Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" amping up their promotion in advance of their dueling Christmas release dates.

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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.