Frank Langella is in talks to join the cast of Oliver Stone‘s Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. Langella would play Lewis Zabel, an old-time broker who mentors Shia LaBeouf‘s character, a young Wall Street broker named Jacob. It is not clear if this is the same role that Javier Bardem , and later, Bardem’s No Country For Old Men co-star Josh Brolin had been considering. The Variety article mentions that Brolin is still in talks for the film, which leads us to believe that the two roles are seperate, despite both being described as mentors of Shia LaBeouf’s character.
Michael Douglas returns as Gordon Gekko, a role which earned him an Academy Award. The film is set nearly two decades after the first film, with Gekko, having spent 14-years in prison for insider trading and security fraud, now making the lecture circuit as a published financial author. He mentors Jacob in hopes to reconnect with his daughter Winnie, Jacob’s wife. Carrey Mulligan is rumored to be in talks to play Winnie.
In a previous post, Russ questioned the film’s rushed schedule, which is scheduled to begin later this month, with a tentative release set for first quarter 2010. It seems obvious that Fox is rushing the project into production to take advantage of the now topical economic-inspired storyline.