Watch the First 'The Wolf of Wall Street' Official Trailer

The Wolf of Wall Street movie trailer
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street
Photo: Paramount Pictures

I started reading Jordan Belfort's non-fiction tale of his rise and fall on Wall Street which inspired Martin Scorsese's latest film, The Wolf of Wall Street, but I just couldn't get beyond Belfort's smugness and I stopped about 100 pages in. But while reading I couldn't help but wonder how it would be handled. To make it a straight-forward drama would almost be to take the subject matter too seriously, it needed a measure of self-awareness about it and perhaps that's exactly what Scorsese and screenwriter Terence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire") have delivered, but don't take what follows entirely at face value.

Tonight the first trailer for the film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort has arrived, offering your first look at a film I expect will play something like Wall Street except filled with a lot more coke, hookers and apparently Matthew McConaughey.

Belfort was 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.

I normally don't watch trailers, but I'm already curious about this one so I gave it a look. I'd say most of what is seen here is from the pages I read where the story follows Jordan as he builds his own empire, and before he runs into trouble. The craziness with the dwarf, monkey, etc. is all set up, depicting the kind of life the guy leads. Even the part where Leo is on his knees, crawling to his wife is something much more than it seems...

The overall story, however, goes well beyond the craziness. Don't expect this to be an out-and-out comedy, but do expect the first 30-45 minutes to be batshit insane... and, if you believe Belfort, true.

Paramount has set a November 15 release. Watch the trailer below.

  • Chris

    Wow this looks real good. I had high expectations previously, but this raised them even more. McConaughey looks like a front-runner for supporting actor. Even Hill shows potential for some range. And of course DiCaprio once again looks to give another amazing performance. I believe this is Scorsese's first non-3D movie shot digitally so it will be interesting to see how it looks overall.

  • Joseph Bridges

    There was a lot going on there. If this wasnt Scorsese, I dont think this would be interesting based on the run of the mill wackiness that seems to be going on in the trailer.

  • pomme

    a comedy?

  • Ron Oneal Fresh

    It looks 'zany' (I don't have a more eloquent word) 90s Coen Brothers-esque.

  • Gautam Anand

    Ha. Surprise. Just when people thought this one would be more of a serious drama [especially coming from Scorsese's stable] it's a comedy. More in the veins of Speilberg's "Catch me if you can". I am not sure how's the film finally going to turn out. Trailer suggests it could go either ways. Fingers crossed though.

    As far as Academy awards goes, I don't see Leo winning for this. Infact, the film wont be a big player even if the film turns out to be great. Multiple nominations, may be. Multiple wins, Definitely Not. Though, I won't if surprised if McConaughey scores the nomination for Best Supporting actor. Looks like he has got scene stealing role.

    Meanwhile, Brad, since you have half-read the book, you will be able to tell us - what was the tone of the book. Comedic or Serious ?

    • Brad Brevet

      Not sure if you listen to the podcast, but I talked a bit a while back about how it's hard to take this smug jerk serious and how I wondered about the tone... the fact it's a comedy doesn't surprise me in the least.

      • Gautam Anand

        Ya, I now remember listening to that episode but don't recall your exact words. But yes, you did say that you would be interested in seeing how Scorsese tackles the subject. And the interesting bit is that the film doesn't seem to be slyly funny but rather it seems to be over the top, "whacky" funny - or atleast the attempt is. I am not sure if Scorsese will be able to pull this off. Very slippery ground for someone like him.

        • Brad Brevet

          Everything you see that is "whacky" is supposedly true if you believe Belfort and all happens very early in the story. This won't be a 100% comedy... I don't think.

          • Gautam Anand

            Even if everything is true, what surprised me was the treatment. It doesn't look like a historical drama at all. The events could be unbelievably funny but what also matters is how director decided to film everything around it and in this case Scorsese chose to go all guns blazing. I know it might be premature to say all of this, but that's how I feel after watching the trailer.

      • Newbourne

        If it doesn't surprise you "in the least", why did you have it listed as a drama??

  • Hamza Zain

    I was enjoying the trailer, then that last bit with McConaughey showed up and I was sold. Looks like it could be a bigger commercial success for Scorsese.

  • Hudsucker

    Do you think this was the best route to go Brad? I found it pretty humorous. This is Scorsese's first comedy since The King of Comedy, right?

  • Randall P McMurphy

    My anticipation has just gone through the roof with this movie, specially because of the last part with McConaughey.

  • Grasshopper

    I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. Looks like another Scorsese hit. Di Caprio and McConaughy both look excellent. A lot of Oscar potential here

  • Arjuna

    I think people are having a misconception of it being a comedy. I mean you can recut a Goodfellas trailer to look like one of the funniest movies ever made and this has a lot of similarities to the tone of goodfellas almost like a goodfellas meets wallstreet except Scorsese is much more capable then Stone

  • Hudsucker

    Bad timing to watch this. Right afterwards i had to take a blood test and I still felt the adrenaline.

  • Ryguy815

    Looks fantastic. The last part with McConaughey had me cracking up. I seriously can't wait for this.

  • Eoin Daly

    It looks like it could be a mess of epic standards but also looks like it could be a great telling of the story of a very unlikeable person which Jordan is. DiCaprio looks his usual outlandish self which I do not like. McConaughey was the best thing about the trailer but he has a small role in the movie which is sad for me. Overall I'm not impressed.

  • G-Man

    Oh my gosh, yes!

  • andyluvsfilms

    oh yes please, this does look good. DiCaprio looks very much at ease and McConaughey is just great to watch these days, looks like a stonker of a film

  • Tony Lee

    Does this trailer give anyone else a Great Gatsby vibe? Just the general tone, Leo, and all the flashy wealth...

    • The Movie Guru

      Yeah, I thought the same thing.

      • Chris

        Just realized this as well.

  • The Movie Guru

    Looks awesome, but the last thing with McConaughey got on my nerves.

  • Aidan Khan

    WOW, this looks great! Brad, I know you had this at #1 for Best Picture, does this trailer make that more or less likely to you?

  • Adu

    Looks good and Leo is my favorite actor, but it just doesn't seem like a film I'd rush out to see opening weekend.

  • Matt

    Looks excellent and absolutely crazy. I was already anticipating it but now I'm even more excited.

    That being said, I'm not totally sure about its Oscar chances now... looks a bit too edgy for the Academy's tastes. But who knows.

    • The Movie Guru

      The Academy loves everything that Scorsese does, even if its not good which is extremely unlikely, it'll get some form of Oscar recognition.

      • Matt

        Oh I wasn't referring to the quality influencing the Academy's decision (the film looks excellent) but it just seems a bit too "hard R" for their liking. But, as you mentioned, they love everything Scorsese does so I could be totally off base.

        • The Movie Guru

          Yeah, I do think that the hard-R nature could be a turn off, but then again they nominated Django Unchained last year and Waltz got a win so I think that the rating won't necessarily close the door completely. It might make it a bit harder for The Wolf of Wall Street to dominate but it should still get nominations.

  • Michael M.

    Definitely influenced by 'GoodFellas'. Smug, anti-heroic, pretentious primary character involved in some lucrative embezzlement, and lastly suffers a mental and federal breakdown. Also the narrative voice-over's and schoonmaker's rapid editing is akin to Henry's dilapidated state of paranoia. Yeah, if you don't see the Oscar noms. than you my friend are extremely misguided.

  • Michael

    Another movie in most anticipated of 2013 list. Looks great. Glad to see the Scorsese & Dicaprio back together again. Love that Jonah Hill is back to serious roles again. You got Matthew McConaughey in there. I see Oscar noms all over this piece but will LEO finally win is the big question. Anyways, that last bit with DiCaprio & McConaughey is PRICELESS!!

  • G-Man

    Just give Leo his Oscar nomination now...

  • Fox

    Hmmm. . this could definitely go both ways. I really trust Scorcese (he's one of my favourite directors), but this kind of gave me a Pain and Gain vibe. How long are we supposed to be entertained by an asshole going around doing 'crazy' things.

    It just seems to me if the midget tossing thing was in a trailer for The Hangover, everyone would be commenting on how stupid it was. Just my 2 cents, I've learned not to trust trailers so this could very well be great.

  • Stephen

    To me, it definitely looks like lesser Scorsese but I have no doubt it will be fantastic.

  • JN Films

    Half way through the trailer I thought 'old sport' was going to pop in there somewhere.

  • maja

    I don't think it's a great trailer by any means but I am still very excited for the movie. I just hope that the tone is slightly more serious than that portrayed here.

  • TheLastEquivocationofBrist

    I see that opinions are mixed but I loved the trailer. It felt like its goal was to make a viewer go "What the &%$^ IS this movie?", which seems quite appropriate in Belfort's case.

  • Carl Rogers

    The Dancing Leo will surely get the Oscar my friends, so dont doubt it!

  • Aditya

    That music mixed with the quick cuts in the trailer gave me a bit of a headache. Having said that, it does look interesting especially with the combination of Scorcese and DiCapria along with McConaughey

  • Rashad Wilburn

    This trailer definitely gave me the vibe of Goodfellas, if the movie had been directed by Tarantino and the trailer was edited by Michael Bay. I am looking forward to seeing DiCaprio play a role where he doesn't die (LOL), as well as Hill and McConaughey giving what seems to be kooky supporting roles. I think we will be getting a solid dramedy for the final product. All this first trailer is doing is punching people in the face to draw them in.

    Genius use of 'Black Skinhead' by Kanye West to frame the trailer around. Definitely fitted well with the hyperactive style and action of the clip.

  • Jessica Smith

    up to I saw the bank draft which had said $8709, I have faith that my friend woz like they say actualey earning money part-time from there new laptop.. there aunts neighbour has been doing this for only about 6 months and as of now paid for the mortgage on their place and bourt a new Nissan GT-R:. I went here, wwwEXIT35.COM

  • themoviewatcher

    Looks great. Leo may finally get an Oscar.