According to Nikki Finke over at her blog Deadline Hollywood Daily, “No Country for Old Men” star Javier Bardem will be playing the baddie in Oliver Stone’s sequel to his 1980s hit “Wall Street”. Finke also has details about the plot, including the return of Michael Douglas as his Gordon Gekko character, and Shia LaBeouf’s role. The script is currently in its second draft, and word is production is set to start on August 10 for a February 2010 release. Why such a quick shooting schedule and release date? To cash in on the current market realities, of course.
According to DHD, it’s now 21 years after the events of the first movie, and Gekko (Douglas, reprising his role) has been released from prison and is determined to salvage his reputation but, most of all, get back in the good graces of his estranged daughter. Turns out the daughter is currently engaged to Shia LaBeouf’s character, an ambitious Wall Street trader whose mentor has just died. LeBeouf suspects foul play by hedge fund manager Javier Bardem, but to prove it (and to make him pay), he needs Gekko’s help. Likewise, Gekko needs LaBeouf’s help to get back his daughter.
The script is supposed to span from June 2008 through the current string of neverending federal bailouts, which would give its plot more relevancy to what’s currently going on right now in the country.
Will greed still be good in 2010? We’ll see…
Below: “Ding dong! Hedge fund manager coming through!”