A second trailer for Paramount and Martin Scorsese’s dark comedy The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill arrived earlier today to coincide with the studio finally selecting a new release date.
The Wolf of Wall Street was originally slated for a November 15 but that date was postponed as Scorsese needed more time to finish editing and revising the film. There had been rumors that it would fall into 2014 and outside the awards window, but those fears were laid to rest today when Paramount formally announced a revised and finalized December 25, 2013 release date, replacing Jack Ryan that Paramount had moved into 2014.
“Marty’s work is fantastic,” said Paramount chairman Brad Grey about the current state of the film. “He’s continued to work on it but now it’s officially going to be ready for Christmas Day and I’m delighted.”
According to THR, Scorsese’s original cut delivered to Paramount ran a bloated 180 minutes in length. There was no way Scorsese would be able to properly trim the film down without compromise before November 15, so Paramount pulled the film off the release schedule until they could get a better grasp on when it would be ready for audiences.
The most recent cut screened for Paramount’s top brass is said to run 165 minutes, a more digestible length that probably won’t be too far off the final cut. How long that final cut will be remains to be seen, and we’ll also have to keep an eye out for an extended director’s cut that may show up on the future Blu-ray release.
Choosing December 25 puts The Wolf of Wall Street up against some stiff competition at the box office. Also opening on the holiday are The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Grudge Match, 47 Ronin and Justin Bieber’s Believe.
The Wolf of Wall Street also stars Matthew McConaughey, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, Cristin Milioti, P.J. Byrne, Kyle Chandler, Jean Dujardin, Margot Robbie and Ethan Suplee. Here’s the second trailer that debuted earlier today.