Martin Scorsese's newly edited The Wolf of Wall Street will hit theaters Christmas Day

Looks like Uncle Marty made it happen! After being presented with the options to push THE WOLF OF WALL STREET to next year and out of the Oscar race or trim the three plus hour film, Martin Scorsese has found a way to get the running time of his film down to a manageable length and will slide into the December 25th release slot vacated by Kenneth Branagh's JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT.

The Leonardo DiCaprio movie looked like a surefire contender for awards season. Moving it into January or later next year would surely have lessened the changes of a nomination in 2015, but would anyone really overlook a Martin Scorsese movie even if it were released off-season? I highly doubt it. Other rumors had which would definitely have hurt the box office potential for the movie.

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET follows the career of Jordan Belfort, the Wall Street broker who was involved in a major securities fraud case that included members of the Mafia. Scorsese's film has a huge cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Rob Reiner, Kyle Chandler, Margot Robbie, Jon Bernthal, Cristin Milioti, P.J. Byrne and Ethan Suplee. It remains unknown whether the trimmed material will be saved for a Blu-ray release but with Scorsese I doubt that will happen.



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