"My name is Jordan Belfort," says Leonardo DiCaprio, playing the real-life flashy stockbroker behind infamous investment firm Stratton Oakmont in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. "The year I turned 26 I made $49 million — which really pissed me off, because it was three shy of a million a week."
From there we're off, into the hard-living, hard-partying life of Belfort, whose stock market manipulations earned him a massive fortune — and provided fodder for two bestselling memoirs — in the 1990s. "Was all this legal? Absolutely not. We were making more money than we knew what to do with," says DiCaprio to the camera, in a rapid-fire trailer that shows glimpses of Belfort's relationships with fellow businessmen (Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill), a seductive blonde woman (Margot Robbie), and a skeptical FBI Agent (Kyle Chandler).
After Scorsese strayed from his norm with 2011's family film Hugo, the Wolf of Wall Street trailer sees the director in classic form, offering a fascinating true-crime story, a stellar cast, and a perfectly chosen song ("Black Skinhead," from Kanye West's Yeezus). The real question here comes down to DiCaprio's performance. Though the actor has frequently collaborated with Scorsese, he has yet to win an acting Oscar, despite highly acclaimed performances in films like The Departed and The Aviator (for which he received a nomination). Will The Wolf of Wall Street finally be the film that earns DiCaprio his Academy Award? You can decide for yourself when it hits theaters on Nov. 15.
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