Jean Dujardin In Talks to Star as Suave Banker in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

June 15, 2012 01:51:14 GMT

The George Valentin of 'The Artist' is expected to join Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in the high-profile true story drama to be directed by Martin Scorsese.


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Jean Dujardin is ready to get back to Hollywood big screen. The French actor, who won this year's Oscar for Best Actor thanks to his role as George Valentin in "The Artist", is in talks to star in Martin Scorsese's upcoming high-end drama "The Wolf of Wall Street".

According to Variety, the 39-year-old actor is courted to play a suave Swiss banker named Jean-Jacques Handali. The character is involved in laundering illicit funds for the lead protagonist's firm. Should he finally close the deal, the husband of Alexandra Lamy will join Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Kyle Chandler.

Adapted from Jordan Belfort's memoirs, "The Wolf of Wall Street" revolves around a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 20 months in prison for refusing to cooperate in a massive 1990s securities fraud case that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including mob infiltration. Penning the script is "Boardwalk Empire" scribe Terence Winter.

After starring in critically acclaimed silent film "The Artist", Dujardin will direct, write and star in a French comedy movie called "The Players". He is also attached to Eric Rochant's French spy thriller "Mobius", which also stars Tim Roth.

© AceShowbiz.com




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