Almost a quarter of a century after Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) bought his way into the chambers of elite corporate screen villainy comes the slippery character’s belated return in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Stone will use the global economic downturn as a storytelling backdrop, in turn exploring a topic virtually untouched by Hollywood outside the occasional documentary (Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story being the obvious example).
The trailer (watch it below) begins with Gekko addressing a packed out auditorium. “Someone reminded me I once said greed is good,” he says, with that liquid smooth Douglas locution. “Now it seems it’s legal, because everybody’s drinking the same Kool-Aid.”
Like the 1987 original, which co-starred Charlie Sheen as a gung-ho upstart stockbroker determined to climb the corporate ladder, the film features an ambitious youngster Gekko takes under his wing and introduces to the morally icky world of high stakes economics (“easy to get in, hard to get out”). The fresh-faced, slick-haired Jacob Moore will be played by Shia LaBeouf, who is making a name for himself as a go-to guy for high profile sequels and remakes (i.e. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull).
Set to the familiar jungle riffs and snarky lyrics of Sympathy for the Devil – an appropriate albeit blaringly obvious choice – the trailer does a pretty good job pricking the curiosity of those intrigued to see where the always bold / never subtle Oliver Stone treads and what his inevitable commentary will entail. I dare say it will amount to something more than “greed is good.”