In the late '80s and early '90s, a young New York stockbroker named Jordan Belfort was making thousands of dollars a minute, and spending it just as quickly on sex, drugs, and an insatiable appetite for his life of luxury. But it all came crashing down around the notorious "Wolf of Wall Street," when his greed and excess – which included sinking a 170-foot yacht and racking up a $700,000 hotel tab – caught the attention of the SEC and FBI. Belfort was banned from the securities business for life in 1994 and later spent 22 months in jail for fraud and money-laundering, losing hundreds of millions of dollars as a result.
Grant Wilfley Casting is holding an open call for union and nonunion background for "The Wolf of Wall Street," a big screen adaptation of Belfort's bestselling 2007 autobiography of the same title. Martin Scorsese will direct the film, with Leonardo DiCaprio starring as Belfort. The cast also includes Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, and Jean Dujardin. The screenplay is adapted by Terence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire," "The Sopranos"). Production begins in August in the New York City area.
Allison Hall, senior background casting associate for GWC, is seeking men and women to portray "young stockbroker types" and "beautiful young women." Extras must be 18 or older and can be any ethnicity. No experience necessary.
Open call auditions will be held Friday, June 29 in New York City. SAG-AFTRA members will be seen first, followed by nonunion actors. For more information and audition details, view the full casting notice online at BackStage.com. (Subscription required.)
Hall has previously cast extras for feature films including "Men in Black 3," "New Year's Eve," "Shutter Island," and more, as well as television series such as "Pan Am," "Are We There Yet?," and "Ugly Betty."
Daniel Lehman is a staff writer at Back Stage. Follow him on Twitter: @byDanLehman