The trailer for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street hit the Internet this week, and fans were pleasantly surprised with Leonardo DiCaprio's jubilant performance. After his sad turn in The Great Gatsby, this is a very different film that may snag him another Oscar nomination.
The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the book of the same name by stock broker Jordan Belfort, whom DiCaprio plays in the film. Belfort founded the "cult-like" and now-defunct brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont, which dominated the Wall Street scene in the late 1980s and 1990s. (Think of him as a real-life Patrick Bateman, only without the killing spree.)
Stratton Oakmont culture, embodied by Belfort, included an obscene amount of money, drugs, partying, and reckless behavior. His 167-foot yacht, the Nadine (originally built for Coco Chanel), sunk off the coast of Sardinia in 1997. Everyone on board had to be rescued by the Italian Special Forces, and Belfort later said he was high while sailing the ill-fated yacht. He also once crashed his helicopter on his front lawn because he was "too stoned to find the airport."
Belfort was eventually arrested and put in jail for a seven-year stock manipulation scheme. "He was a brilliant salesman carried away with hubris," his lawyer said. Did we mention when he got to prison, his cellmate was none other than Tommy Chong?
As if you need another reason to see The Wolf of Wall Street, DiCaprio break dances in the trailer. The film also features a bespectacled Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey doing some chest pumping in a crowded restaurant.
Watch the trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street below.