Update: Deadline reports that Margot Robbie (Pan AM) is next in line to play a Belfort ex, this lucky lady being Nadine. You can read the original story below.
Not that the Tony-nominated star of a (Tony-winning) Broadway hit should be a struggling unknown — unless my lack of knowledge pertaining to the theater, among so many other things, is really that deep — but this is, regardless, quite the step-up. According to Variety, Cristin Milioti — lead actress in Once, the smash stage adaptation of John Carney‘s 2007 musical classic — is being eyed for Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, a film in which she’d play the first wife of Leonardo DiCaprio‘s conniving, slimy, Wall Street-employed Jordan Belfort.
Flashbacks to Goodfellas will, without doubt or delay, arise when learning the character is “an Italian-American hairdresser who is devoted to her husband and heartbroken when he strays outside the marriage.” That’s to be expected from the protagonist, a real-life stock trader who, along with the perfunctory adultery, engaged in financial fraud, drug abuse, and the like; if you ask Scorsese, it adds up to a really great time.
Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, and Kyle Chandler all co-star in The Wolf of Wall Street, which will start production in the summer. Milioti, meanwhile, will be seen later this year in Mike Birbiglia‘s acclaimed Sleepwalk With Me.
Now, to go from Martin Scorsese to Lee Daniels — a switch for whom the negative analogy practically writes itself — Deadline reports that his new film, The Butler, will now have Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike, I Am Number Four) in its considerably-sized, impressive ranks. If you haven’t been keeping track of the film up to now — we won’t blame you, frankly — it’d help to know that Butler will star Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, David Oyelowo, Alan Rickman, John Cusack, Nicole Kidman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, and Lenny Kravitz.
Pettyfer will be seen as “Thomas Westphall,” though nothing history-based, in relation to that name, can actually be found. Based on the description — he “appears early in the life of [the main] character and has a pivotal influence on the rest of that character’s life” — I’m guessing it’s a character devised by Daniels and his co-writer, Danny Strong. The Butler will really follow Eugene Allen (Whitaker), the head servant to eight Presidents and a frontline witness to the great social change that took place over this time. It’s unlikely that anyone gets urinated on.
How could either performer affect the respective films they’ve joined? Which are you more excited for?
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