- Cast: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, Vanessa Ferlito, Natalie Morales, Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Vanessa Ferlito, Ali Khan, Jason Clarke, Julianne Michelle, John Bedford Lloyd, Keith Middlebrook, Chuck Pfeiffer, Madison Mason, Michelle DiBenedetti, Nouriel Roubini, Juan Pablo Veizaga, James P. Anderson, Xanthe Elbrick
- Director: Oliver Stone
- Writers: Allan Loeb, Oliver Stone, Stanley Weiser, Stephen Schiff
- Producers: Eric Kopeloff, Edward R. Pressman, Oliver Stone
- Executive Producers: Alessandro Camon, Celia D. Costas, Alex Young
- Art Direction: Paul D. Kelly
- Castings: Kathleen Chopin, Sarah Finn
- Costume Design: Ellen Mirojnick
- D.O.P.: Rodrigo Prieto
- Editors: David Brenner, Julie Monroe
- Makeup: Mindy Hall
- Music: Craig Armstrong
- Production Design: Kristi Zea
- Set Decoration: Diane Lederman
As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader's mentor.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Dubai, United Arab Emirates; New York City, USA
- MPAA Warning: Brief strong language and thematic elements
- Production Budget: $70 million
- Production Companies: Edward R. Pressman Film
- Production Schedule: 9 September 2009 - 30 November 2009
2010 Guide Analysis: "The follow-up to Oliver Stone's famed Oscar-winning 1987 effort "Wall Street" marks the director's first sequel and the return of Michael Douglas' single most famous character Gordon Gekko. Rather than the villain of the piece like the first film, Gekko here is more of an anti-hero and a Cassandra-like figure warning the world of disaster but essentially being ignored by everyone around him.
Originally conceived long before the global economic downturn began to really hit in the second half of 2008, the project had little interest until the recession when it took on a whole new level of importance. Allan Loeb ("21," "Things We Lost in the Fire"), who also happens to be a licensed stock broker, was hired to pen the script in late 2008 and his first draft enthused Stone enough that he officially signed to direct last April.
Both Loeb and Stone had extensive meetings about the financial crisis with economic professors, hedge fund managers and senior banking officials to gather research on the project. Due to its prominent involvement with events surrounding the Stock Market Crash, New York's Federal Reserve Bank became a key setting for the film rather than New York Stock Exchange where much of the first film was set.
Javier Bardem was the original favourite for the villain though was later replaced by Josh Brolin who had to lose 30 pounds in a month to prepare for his role. Charlie Sheen, Chuck Pfeiffer and Sylvia Miles are expected to reprise their roles from the original film in cameo appearances.
The concern here is that film production takes time, this one itself hit several delays. Despite onscreen events taking place in mid-2008 and filming taking place in late 2009, facts could emerge in the interim that might undermine the film's relevance before it hits theatres. Also the more recent efforts of Stone ("W.," "Alexander," "World Trade Center") have met with mixed reaction, will this continue that trend?"