Looks like Scorsese isn’t afraid to dive into the world of television to find cast members for The Wolf of Wall Street. Just yesterday, he cast Cristin Milioti and Margot Robbie as DiCaprio’s first and second wives (respectively), both of whom worked in television before and have yet to make a huge impact on the big screen. Now Deadline reports that Marty has cast “The Walking Dead” star Jon Bernthal in a key role, too, adding some more depth to the roster of a pretty stellar cast. More after the jump.
Bernthal, who played the much-reviled character Shane on AMC’s successful zombie series “The Walking Dead,” has been cast as “a drug dealer and money launderer” in the film that stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, and Super 8 star Kyle Chandler (another TV vet, who’s most famous for his work on “Friday Night Lights”). Bernthal played one of those guys you loved to hate, and it sounds like he’ll be tackling a similar role this time around.
The story surrounds Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio), a high-profile Wall Street stockbroker who hits it big and gets caught in a whirlwind ride of sex, drugs, hard partying, gambling, and more on his way to the top, eventually causing a horrible downward spiral. Hill plays Leo’s best friend, Dujardin plays a Swiss banker, and Chandler plays an FBI agent who hunts down Leo after he makes some bad mistakes. The script is written by Terence Winter (“Boardwalk Empire”, “The Sopranos”) and filming starts in August for a hopeful 2013 release.