After a long period of speculation it looks like Paramount has finally settled on a Christmas Day release for Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio's The Wolf of Wall Street. After turning in a cut of the film that was said to be a little over three hours, Scorsese took to the editing room to trim some of the running time before he heads off to head the Marrakech Intl. Film Festival beginning November 29.
Originally slated for a November 15 release, the adaptation of Jordan Belfort's tell-all autobiography stars DiCaprio as Belfort, a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 20 months in prison for refusing to cooperate in a massive 1990s securities fraud case that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including mob infiltration. Joining DiCaprio in the film is the aforementioned McConaughey along with Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Margot Robbie, Jon Favreau, Rob Reiner, Jean Dujardin, PJ Byrne and Kenneth Choi.
The switch to a December 25 release, however, pits Wolf of Wall Street opposite a massive crop of Christmas Day films including 47 Ronin, August: Osage County, Believe, Grudge Match, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the limited releases of Labor Day and The Invisible Woman. There is no telling just yet if Wolf too will get a limited release and expand later in January, but it is expected Paramount's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit starring Chris Pine will move from Christmas Day to January 17, though that hasn't yet been made official.
[via Los Angeles Times]