New Images from Oliver Stone’s WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS Starring Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas, and Josh Brolin

     January 25, 2010


USA Today has premiered new images from Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, a high profile film that opens in three months but has been relatively quiet as to its marketing.  These new images may be the first step in advertising the film and presumably a poster and a trailer won’t be too far behind.  As for the images themselves, they look good but I’m not so much excited to see Douglas return as Gordon Gekko, but to see Josh Brolin hit another performance out of the park.  He was fantastic in his last collaboration with Stone, W., and is going to be in two sweet-looking westerns with Jonah Hex this summer and the Coen Brothers’ True Grit on Christmas.  Throw rising star Carey Mulligan into the mix and I think Wall Street 2 looks better for its ensemble than Douglas playing his Oscar-winning role again.

Hit the jump to see the new images with USA Today’s comments on each image.  Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps hits theaters on April 23rd.

For five more images from Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, click over to USA Today.


Since Gekko’s heyday, a new breed of ruthless investor has taken over the financial world as represented by Josh Brolin’s banking kingpin Bretton James. In one of several scenes filmed at the Federal Reserve building, he and the chairman emeritus of the bank (Eli Wallach) have a meeting about the liquidation of a company run by Lewis Zabel (Frank Langella), who happens to be Jacob’s boss and mentor.

Stone at first considered Javier Bardem, who won a 2007 Oscar for his psycho killer in No Country for Old Men, for James. Instead, he went with Brolin, who played George W. Bush in Stone’s 2008 biopic W. “He’s the quintessential young investor,” he says of the 40-ish James. “A master of the universe.”


Winnie, standing outside her walkup brownstone in Soho, eventually suspects Jacob is in cahoots with her father, which causes a rift in their relationship. “Carey is a strong young actress who brings class and quality to the film,” says Stone, who hired the 24-year-old British breakout star after seeing her in An Education. “I cast her blind without an audition. She was a perfect match for Shia, and brought his game up.” In fact, the pair were so perfect, they are now a couple off the screen, too.


Gekko sneaks into a fancy Alzheimer’s fundraiser at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (re-created inside the Cunard Building) so he can confront James, who used to be one of his allies. Events have caused Jacob to join James’ company. “James doesn’t know that Jacob is dealing with Gekko,” Stone says. “There are a lot of betrayals in this scene.” As well as a lot of decked-out extras to fill the 60 or so tables.


Jacob walks through the cavernous lobby at his new workplace near the former site of the World Trade Center an intentional choice on Stone’s part. “We shot 56 or 57 days at 40-plus locations,” says Stone. “It’s the most locations ever done in New York. We shot in every borough of the city except for Staten Island, as well as on Long Island and in New Jersey. We used one little stage on Wall Street. And we shot in London.”


For five more images from Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, click over to USA Today.

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