Martin Scorcese’s Wolf of Wall Street is a black comedy, true-life look at how Jordan Belfort defrauded investors in a massive securities scam and made nearly $400 million at the international box office. The Billionaire Boys Club will attempt to replicate that winning formula of the greed, corruption, massive wealth, and eventually a monumental downfall, but The Billionaire Boys Club will be more brutal and add a few murders into the mix.
The movie tells the story of the Billionaire Boys Club (BBC), a real-life investment-and-social club in southern California organized by Joseph Henry Gamsky AKA Joe Hunt in 1983. The BBC developed get-rich-quick scams and Ponzi schemes to fleece investors and leave them penniless. Eventually, at least two members of the Billionaire Boys Club were murdered including Ron Levin, a con artist who allegedly embezzled over $4 million from the club.
Kevin Spacey, who has been of accused of sexual misconduct by 30 men and boys, portrays Levin. Last December, Spacey was completely erased from Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World film and replaced with Christopher Plummer, an exorbitant substitution that cost $10 million in reshoots.
The movie has an impressive cast with Taron Egerton (Kingsman movies), Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver), Emma Roberts (American Horror Story), Billie Lourd (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), and Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent). James Cox (Straight A’s) is a writer and the director of The Billionaire Boys Club.
The Billionaire Boys Club sneaks into select theaters nationwide on July 19.