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Javier Bardem Joins Shia LaBeouf in Wall Street 2

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 2, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 2, 2009 |

We’ve known for a long time now that Oliver Stone is putting together a sequel for Wall Street, the Oscar nominated 1987 film that won Michael Douglas an Academy Award. I’m not sure why everyone seems to be getting so excited about the sequel, though. It was a great movie in 1987, but that was 22 years ago. Again: Most sequels that require some measure of generation jumping just don’t work. Reboots or remakes, maybe. But how many people really want to see a follow-up to a 22-year-old movie? Is anyone here in the least bit interested in this film?

Anyway, while we’ve known about the sequel, Nikkie Finke — who eats shit for breakfast and craps rainbows — has gotten some details about the movie. First off, it’s expected to begin filming late this summer, and is scheduled to be released in February, 2010. As for the plot: It will pick up 21 years after the original film. Gordon Gekko (Douglas) will get out of the clink a disgraced man on the fringes of Wall Street. His biggest problem, however, is that his relationship with his daughter is strained (oh, ugh). His daughter (in a role still to be cast) will be engaged to a character played by Shia LaBeouf (oh, double ugh).

Anyway, LaBeouf’s mentor killed himself, and LaBeouf wants to get to the bottom of a corporate scandal that is part of the Wall Street bullshittery that will lead to the June 2008 bailout frenzy. The culprit behind the cover-up or whatever will be played by Javier Bardem (nice). In order to do so, he seeks the assistance of Gekko, who agrees to help on the condition that LaBeouf’s character helps him mend his relationship with his daughter.

Well, that sounds like a movie that actually belongs in the 80s. A crappy relationship drama? Gekko was great because he was an evil bastard. I have no desire to see a softer, gentler Gekko attempting to reconcile with his daughter.

All I’m saying is: Bardem better be evil. As in, Anton Chigurh evil. And I hope he uses that cattle gun on LaBeouf.

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