For some reason, up until now I haven’t been particularly enthused about the prospect of a Wall Street sequel. Despite the fact that Oliver Stone was returning to direct it, somehow I couldn’t shake the idea of this being somewhere in the same territory as many of the other direct-to-video cash grabs we’ve seen based on established ’80s hits. Of course, the truth is, it’s not a direct-to-video release, and the cast is actually pretty stellar: Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon and Carey Mulligan, among others. And now that the first teaser trailer has arrived online, I totally see why this might be a movie worth making.
It uses Gordon Gekko’s release from prison to highlight just how much times have changed (the mobile phone bit is just classic), and proceeds to prove that now is the perfect time for a Wall Street sequel. It’s great to see Michael Douglas with a worthwhile role for a change, as it’s been about 10 years since he starred in anything significant, and I think LaBeouf is going to be a perfect protege. Yes, I think I can honestly say I am now looking forward to this. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps hits theatres on April 23rd; check out the trailer after the jump.