The adorable Nikki Finke is reporting that Javier Bardem has joined the cast of Oliver Stone’s Wall Street sequel. He’ll be playing the film’s villain against Shia LaBeouf and Michael Douglas. Finke also got her mitts on a more detailed plot synopsis.
LaBeouf plays a young Wall Street trader whose stockbroker mentor kills himself. He blames a hedge fund manager (Bardem) responsible for major stock shorting in his mentor’s death and seeks the help of a disgraced Gordon Gekko (Douglas) in getting revenge. Gekko is fresh out of prison after serving time for his escapades in the first film, and he now sits on the fringe of the financial community. The additional kink in the mix is that LaBeouf is engaged to Gekko’s estranged daughter. The film reportedly spans from June 2008 through the recent Federal bailout and has a reformed Gekko warning the establishment that the market is about to crash.
The only real downside here is that Oliver Stone is a highly unreliable director. Most of his films are underwhelming, but he has crafted a handful of winners… JFK, Platoon, and Wall Street among them. The sequel sounds like a cross between The Firm and Trading Places and has some real potential for topical entertainment. Stone is aiming for a February 2010 release date.
Are you interested in a Wall Street sequel? Even if it stars LaBeouf?