According to Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily, Javier Bardem has been tapped as the baddie in Oliver Stone’s upcoming “Wall Street 2″. Wait–there’s someone worse than Michael Douglas’ Gordon Gekko? Apparently. According to Finke, “Shia 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 ‘No Country for Old Men’ Supporting Actor Oscar-winner 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.”
The roles of the daughter and the mentor have yet to be cast but I’m sure they’ll be juicy. While the story doesn’t seem bad, it’s apparently taking place between June 2008 and through the federal bailout so it seems like whatever happens to the characters, they’ll at least get a happy ending on the financial front. Finke’s source says, “We wanted to see some perspective in the same way that the original dealt with insider trading.” My problem is that, like Stone’s “W”, not enough time has passed to get that necessary perspective. Hopefully, that perspective will arrive by August 10th when the film starts shooting.