Paramount Pictures had to wait a few extra months for Martin Scorsese to deliver a final cut of his upcoming "The Wolf of Wall Street," but a new trailer for the film indicates the delay may have been worth it.
The studio this week confirmed it was pushing the picture's release date from Nov. 15 to Christmas Day after Scorsese finally handed over a 165-minute version of the film. But any last-minute scurrying wasn't evident from the film's new trailer, which compellingly conveys the movie's narrative.
"Wolf" is based on the real-life story of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), who spent 22 months in jail after being indicted in 1998 and later convicted of stock fraud. (The case made national headlines and inspired the 2000 Ben Younger film, "Boiler Room.")
In a teaser for "Wolf" released earlier this summer, Belfort's gregarious nature was quickly apparent, and a GIF of DiCaprio breaking out some impressive dance moves went viral.
The new trailer gives us a bit more of Belfort's backstory: He's the kind of guy who pays $26,000 for a fancy meal and flirts with hot women even though he's married.
So yes, like DiCaprio's most recent character, Jay Gatsby, Belfort definitely has an affinity for the finer things in life. But Belfort is less stiff than the man DiCaprio played in "The Great Gatsby," and has a playfulness to him that brings to mind the charming con man he portrayed in 2002's "Catch Me If You Can."
And then there's Jonah Hill. As with "Moneyball," Hill is again a trusted sidekick in "Wolf" -- this time, however, with a New York accent and really odd pair of distracting fake teeth. The chemistry between Hill and DiCaprio, who have since become close friends off-screen, is obvious in the trailer.
And did we mention Kyle Chandler? Yes, the "Friday Night Lights" favorite is in this too. The actor, who appeared last fall in "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty," continues his recent streak of playing government officials.
As for the film's financial prospects, DiCaprio’s last lead part in a fall film, in 2011’s “J. Edgar,” proved to be a box office disappointment. But Paramount can take heart in the Scorsese pairing: the last two films the actor and director teamed up for each topped $125 million at the domestic box office.