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Shia in Wall Street 2

Jun. 2, 2009by: James Thoo

Apparently Allan Loeb's work writing WALL STREET 2 was "so great" that director Oliver Stone didn't feel he needed to touch it. Now, thanks to Nikki Finke we've gotten some solid word on casting and plot. There are a couple more details at Deadline Hollywood but if I've got a somewhat shortened version of the plot overview for you:

Michael Douglas reprises his role as Gordon Gekko. But it's 21 years later and he has finished serving his prison sentence. He finds himself on the fringe of the financial community. ("Kinda like Jim Cramer or Mike Milken after their disgrace," an insider with the pic tells me.) Gordon is obsessed with trying to repair his ruptured relationship with his daughter.

Shia LaBeouf is a young Wall Street trader who's engaged to be married to Gekko's estranged daughter. Shia wants to be a major player, but his mentor unexpectedly kills himself, and Shia thinks a stock-shorting worldwide hedge fund manager is responsible. Shia seeks revenge on this villain, to be played by Javier Bardem. So Shia goes to Gordon saying, "I need your help", and makes a Faustian deal with Gekko who in return wants Shia's help getting back with the daughter.


So there you go. I was never all that in love with this movie so I'm going to take the easy way out and let you guys make judgments on this thing. All I will say is I have no idea how the hell Allan Loeb went from 21 to "so great". Did he make a Faustian deal too?
Extra Tidbit: Tom Cruise wanted to play Bud Fox in the original film but Stone had already given the role to Charlie Sheen.

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10:02AM on 06/03/2009

Mandee...

I'd pay to see Rogen as Gekko!
I'd pay to see Rogen as Gekko!
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3:30AM on 06/03/2009
How that mess up hand
How that mess up hand
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10:20PM on 06/02/2009

Nah

Shia is perfect, but I would prefer Seth Rogen as Gekko.
Shia is perfect, but I would prefer Seth Rogen as Gekko.
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9:32PM on 06/02/2009
no
no
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9:31PM on 06/02/2009

As long as they do not reboot Romancing the Stone....

I am OK with this. I still won't see it, but I am OK with it!
I am OK with this. I still won't see it, but I am OK with it!
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9:13PM on 06/02/2009
Is this sequel that necessary?
Is this sequel that necessary?
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4:46PM on 06/02/2009

Hwood

Hollywood needs to UnAss itself from all these remakes!
Hollywood needs to UnAss itself from all these remakes!
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4:32PM on 06/02/2009

Wall Street 2?

I hope they come up with a better title.

As far as Shia goes at least it's not Zac Effron.
I hope they come up with a better title.

As far as Shia goes at least it's not Zac Effron.
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4:23PM on 06/02/2009

Awesome

Doubled up there, so I'll just say... I'm looking forward to Stone's Obama flick. Denzel?
Doubled up there, so I'll just say... I'm looking forward to Stone's Obama flick. Denzel?
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4:23PM on 06/02/2009

Awesome

I love Wall Street. I can just see Shia in this Sheen-ish part. He's a very very solid actor and I'm really looking forward to this. Stone has really lost touch lately so him not being keen doesn't deter me at all.
I love Wall Street. I can just see Shia in this Sheen-ish part. He's a very very solid actor and I'm really looking forward to this. Stone has really lost touch lately so him not being keen doesn't deter me at all.
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2:28PM on 06/02/2009
Well, on the one hand with LaBeouf and Bardem in there, and Gekko as a more fringe player, this might actually be better than it should be. Time will tell.
Well, on the one hand with LaBeouf and Bardem in there, and Gekko as a more fringe player, this might actually be better than it should be. Time will tell.
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2:05PM on 06/02/2009
these remakes and sequals to ancient movies are really driving home the "greed is good" mantra
these remakes and sequals to ancient movies are really driving home the "greed is good" mantra
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1:57PM on 06/02/2009

I Like the Beef

I actually find Shia to be a very good actor, and even in bad movies I have liked him. This sounds like an awesome movie.
I actually find Shia to be a very good actor, and even in bad movies I have liked him. This sounds like an awesome movie.
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1:53PM on 06/02/2009

charlie Sheen

I think the movie should open with Bud Fox living a peaceful life in the country and then he just gets murdered (kind of like the opening to Hostel Part II) and they never mention it for the rest of the movie.
I think the movie should open with Bud Fox living a peaceful life in the country and then he just gets murdered (kind of like the opening to Hostel Part II) and they never mention it for the rest of the movie.
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1:51PM on 06/02/2009
JimmmyChopblock, you are not alone, I have 4 friends who hate this guy. There is something about him that annoys people, as it seems.

Personally Im neutral, dont hate, dont like him.
JimmmyChopblock, you are not alone, I have 4 friends who hate this guy. There is something about him that annoys people, as it seems.

Personally Im neutral, dont hate, dont like him.
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1:19PM on 06/02/2009
Shia, in general, doesnt bother me. I find him very entertaining. This project in general just isnt very exciting.
Shia, in general, doesnt bother me. I find him very entertaining. This project in general just isnt very exciting.
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12:51PM on 06/02/2009
Am I the only one who becomes instantly disinterested in a film as soon as I find out that Shia has been cast?

He brings down every single movie with his generic mumble-mouth acting style and extremely punch-able face. I can't really put my finger on it but every time I see him I feel un-nerved.
Am I the only one who becomes instantly disinterested in a film as soon as I find out that Shia has been cast?

He brings down every single movie with his generic mumble-mouth acting style and extremely punch-able face. I can't really put my finger on it but every time I see him I feel un-nerved.
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