How do you go from being a celebrated French actor to a staple in Hollywood? Simple. Win an Oscar and then play the villain in an American flick.
That's just what "The Artist" sensation Jean Dujardin is doing.
According to Variety, Jean Dujardin is in talks to star in the newest Martin Scorsese collaboration with muse Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street."
Reportedly, Dujardin's role in the film - which follows the true story rise and fall of Jordan Belfort in the finance biz - will be that of a "suave Swiss banker" who aides DiCaprio's Belfort in his big money laundering scheme.
Skeezy banker type? That'd be quite an interesting departure from the oh-so-lovable George Valentin. Knowing the formula for foreign actors-turned-Oscar winners (see Christoph Waltz, e.g.), though, it's a smart move for Dujardin. Not to mention, it's Scorsese! That is quite a coup for any actor, let alone someone who is a relatively fresh face in Tinsel Town.
Funnyman-turned-Oscar nom Jonah Hill is also attached to the picture, which marks the fifth matching between director Scorsese and DiCaprio after "Gangs of New York," "The Aviator," "The Departed," and "Shutter Island."
If negotiations go through, this will be Dujardin's first collaboration with either Scorsese, DiCaprio, or Jonah Hill.