Jon Favreau has had an interesting year since his decision not to return at the helm of Iron Man 3. For starters, Favreau has been getting back into his acting groove with a small role in this summer’s People Like Us, while also gaining roles in next year’s comedy Identity Theft and returning to reprise his role as Happy Hogan in Iron Man 3 as well. Now, it seems not only will Favreau rack up one more high-profile film before his next directorial effort but he’s also taking care of a long in development Disney feature that’s had quite its share of problems.
Deadline reports that Favreau has joined Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, which begins principal photography next month. The actor will be playing a securities lawyer though it’s unclear just how big his role will actually be.
The plot of Wall Street deals with DiCaprio’s character Jordan Belfort as he becomes a tycoon on the titular street while also resorting to money laundering in order to get a better position among his fellow financial geniuses. The film is adapted from the novel of the same name, and will co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Jon Bernthal, Kyle Chandler, Jean Dujardin, and more.
Meanwhile, Favreau has also been focusing on getting behind the camera once more as well. The director is trying to adapt the Broadway hit Jersey Boys to film, though nothing has become quite official just yet. Instead he has his hands full as well with Magic Kingdom, a Disney team-up that works as anAvengers type of film for characters from all across the Walt Disney Pictures spectrum. A script has been in the work for some time, and now Favreau has decided to consult a higher power.
Favreau revealed in an interview with Crave, “What we’ve been doing is writing a script, going up to Pixar, meeting with the brain trust, coming back down, bringing on artists, story editors and putting it together as though it were an animated film so that by the time we actually film it, we’ll have a rock solid story. I don’t want to rush anything. I want this thing to be perfect. I want it to be one shot one kill, like a sniper. I want to make sure this movie’s right in the crosshairs that we can really knock it out of the park so to speak.”
Ronald D. Moore had originally scripted the film, while last year Michael Chabon was brought on to rewrite. Pixar has been known to flesh out stories for a long time, so just how long it will take for this script to finally come to light is unclear.
As to what exactly the film will be about, Favreau says ”It’s going to be a family in the park. It’s an alternate reality version of the park that they get launched into. So much of it is just how it weaves together as a tapestry and what the visuals look like in creating this rich world. It’s informed by everything that I remember and know about the park from going there since I was a small child”.