Jonah Hill May Get in Oscar Race Again with 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Last year, a fantastic supporting turn in Moneyball turned plenty of heads towards Jonah Hill as not just a young funnyman, but a charismatic, dramatic actor as well. His work in the adaptation even landed him an Oscar nomination, but alas, the statue went to Christopher Plummer for his performance in Beginners. However, it looks like Hill might get the chance to chase Oscar again as Deadline reports the actor will join Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf on Wall Street, an adaptation of Jordan Belfort's memoir of the same name adapted by "Boardwalk Empire" scribe Terence Winter and directed by a guy named Martin Scorsese.
The film follows a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 20 months in prison for refusing to cooperate in a massive 90's securities fraud case that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the banking world, including the mob. Since the book is an autobiography, there's surely a certain amount of embellishment and manipulation as the focus is often on the vast amount of sex, drugs and risky physical taxes Belfort endured while glamorously living off of the scammed money.
This is undoubtedly a career high for the actor, and will likely set in stone his talent for moving in and our of both comedy and drama. Is there a chance he could even become someone as eclectic as Tom Hanks? I know that seems like a lot of praise, but with all the work Hill does as a writer and producer in TV and film as well, it's not out of the realm of possibility. Still, right now all I can think of is Hill's one-liner in Knocked Up where he calls a bearded Martin Starr "Scorsese on coke." The filmmaker must have enjoyed that little joke if he still decided to cast him in this promising, likely award worthy drama. Stay tuned.