In 1987, Oliver Stone brought us one of that decade's most iconic characters -- Gordon Gekko, the amoral corporate raider who takes a young stockbroker under his wing and teaches him the religion of making money, exemplified by the motto "Greed is good." As played by Michael Douglas, Gekko was slick, charismatic, brilliant, and utterly without ethics, and he came to represent the profit-at-any-cost attitude of the Reagan-era corporate America.
23 years later, Stone's revisiting Gekko with Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. IMDb has the teaser trailer, In which we see Gekko being freed after a long, long stint in prison (check out his brick-sized "mobile phone") and, presumably, having to rebuild his empire from the ground up.
Gekko's young counterpart this time around is Shia LaBeouf, reportedly playing the fiance of Gekko's daughter. It's a fair bit of casting, although it seems inspired more by LaBeouf's current hot status in Hollywood; in 1987, Charlie Sheen was a brilliant choice to play Gekko's protege, in no small part because Sheen's looks and mannerisms helped support the father-son subtext. Can the star of Even Stevens and Transformers stand toe-to-toe with Douglas on screen? It's hard to tell from the trailer, but it'll certainly be a boost to LaBeouf's acting cred if he pulls it off.
The teaser leads us to believe that Gekko will once again take the lead in this new enterprise, teaching LaBeouf's young whippersnapper a thing or two about ripping off hedge funds. In fact, it ends on a positively giddy note, intending us to think, "Oh boy, Gordon Gekko's back in action!" So the question is, in the past 20 years, has notorious lefty Oliver Stone embraced the side of corporate greed? Instead of an object lesson on the evil of manipulating the market, will we get a caper flick in which we cheer on the thieves? I have a feeling that Stone has some moralizing up his sleeve that we won't see until the film hits theaters in April.
Check out the trailer here, and take a look at the poster below. One thing's for sure -- if you have a fetish for men in well-tailored suits, Wall Street 2 is right up your alley.