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Jonah Hill joins Leonardo DiCaprio in Wolf of Wall Street

Get Him To The Greek

Story by Jack Foley

JONAH Hill looks set to continue his move away from comedy into more dramatic roles by landing a part in The Wolf of Wall Street alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.

The film is Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of the Jordan Belfort memoir and will see DiCaprio playing Belfort, a Long Island penny stock broker who served 20 months in prison for participating in a massive 1990s securities fraud that involved corruption on Wall Street and Mob connections.

Hill, who is currently in talks, would play Danny Porush, a character who is convinced by Belfort to quit his job in furniture sales and enter the world of stock brokering.

The film itself charts their subsequent meteoric rise and equally rapid fall amid scandal, fraud and excess.

Ironically, Belfort’s story has already served as the inspiration for Ben Younger’s film, Boiler Room, in 2000.

Hill first began to move away from comedy by appearing alongside Brad Pitt in the acclaimed sports drama Moneyball, for which he also received a surprise Oscar nomination.

But he also remains committed to comedy too, having recently scored a massive box office success with 21 Jump Street (which is due to get the sequel treatment).

He’ll also be a part of the sci-fi action comedy Neighborhood Watch (recently re-named Neighborhood in the US) alongside Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn and will play himself in The End of the World, which marks the directorial debut of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

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