It’s been 22 years since Frank Langella donned the most completely serious costume of all time and lent his skills to the character of Skeletor, and since then, he hasn’t had any iconic roles. Unless you count Nixon in Frost/Nixon. Or Perry White in Superman Returns. Or Paley in Good Night, and Good Luck. Or Boris in The Ninth Gate. Basically, he’s most widely known as Skeletor.
But he has the chance to rise above an already-phenomenal performance now by taking a role in Wall Street 2 (a movie that apparently ends with Money Never Sleeps now).
According to Variety, Langella will be taking on the role of a mentor figure to Shia LaBeouf’s young stock broker character. Of course, Michael Douglas is back as Gordon Gekko, and Josh Brolin may officially join the cast soon enough.
Langella was nominated for an Oscar last year, and I have a feeling that if he really brings the heat in this role (one that’s very important to the story), he may have a shot at finally recognized with a retro-active Academy Award for his skull-covered role in Masters of the Universe.
What do you think?