20th Century Fox (via Moviefone) has released two new clips from Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, director Oliver Stone’s followup to his 1987 hit, Wall Street.
The Wall Street sequel finds the corrupt Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) fresh out of prison and back in action as he joins forces with young stock market trader Jacob Moore (Shia LaBeouf) to take advantage of the increasingly unstable global economy.
This first clip features a scene in which the elderly Gordon recognizes a kindred unethical spirit in Jacob – a fellow who also happens to be engaged to Gekko’s estranged daughter, Winnie (Carey Mulligan).
You can check it out below:
Next, have a look at this scene in which Jacob’s mentor Lewis Zabel (Frank Langella) offers a few concerned words of wisdom to his young protege, during a quiet stroll in the park.
LaBeouf seems a bit out of his league next to his two accomplished co-stars. Douglas casually oozes slyness in his every move, while Langella communicates both bitterness and concern with ease – LaBeouff seems a bit blank and inexpressive in comparison.
The international trailer for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps does indicate that Moore gets in well over his head throughout the course of the film. LaBeouf’s seemingly weak performance could be effective if his character is someone who doesn’t really know what he’s doing either.
But what do you think? Will LaBeouf be the saving grace or the weak point of the Wall Street sequel?
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps arrives in theaters in the U.S. on September 24, 2010.