More “Wolf of Wall Street” casting! This time a surprise–The Hollywood Reporter says Rob Reiner is in talks to join the cast. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s memoir. Martin Scorsese directs and Terence Winter wrote the script.
DiCaprio stars as Belfort, a Wall Street investment banker who made a lot of money and partied it away, while also dabbling in the shady side of investing that eventually landed him in jail. Reiner would play Belfort’s father. The cast also includes Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Jean Dujardin, Jon Bernthal and Margot Robbie.
Reiner, the son of legendary comic and writer Carl Reiner, made his name on TV as an actor in the 1970s sitcom as “All in the Family.” He then moved into feature film directing, where he made some classics: “This is Spinal Tap,” “Stand By Me” and “The Princess Bride,” as well as some solid, good movies: “The American President,” “A Few Good Men,” “When Harry Met Sally,” and a little-known favorite of mine, “The Sure Thing.” The 2000s haven’t worked out for him, but if you can say you directed “This is Spinal Tap,” you’ve already stamped your legacy.
As for acting, Reiner has done some minor supporting roles in features and TV appearances in the years since “All in the Family,” but hasn’t really done anything serious. I’m assuming this is also a small role, but nonetheless, it’s a high profile poject. Personally, I’d cast someone wiry and energetic as DiCaprio’s father rather big bald and jovial, but I’m sure Scorsese has his reasons. Maybe he just wants to hang out with Reiner.