Soon, very soon now, fans will get to see exactly what an Oliver Stone sequel looks like. The original hit theaters in 1987, earning Michael Douglas a Best Actor Oscar for his performance as shark Gordon Gekko. In the original, the morally bankrupt Gekko coaches young newcomer Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) as he enters the fast-paced world of stock trading.
Gekko finds some redemption in the coming sequel, "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps," when he links up with another young trader -- Jacob Moore (Shia LaBeouf) -- on the eve of a catastrophic financial crisis. It's not so unusual, to turn a one-time villain into a redemptive figure (see also: "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"). He'll even have a daughter in this outing, Winnie Gekko, played by Carey Mulligan.
MTV's Josh Horowitz recently had the opportunity to speak with Mulligan, and she was more than happy to talk about the coming sequel as well as her familiarity with Stone's early work. "I had seen ['Wall Street'] years and years ago when I was 11," she said. "Then I watched it again when [Oliver Stone] offered it to me. I love it. It’s not my kind of movie in general but the performances are amazing. It’s so exciting."
Mulligan was quick to point out that she's playing against type in many ways, which adds to the allure of the role for her. "It’s the most contemporary thing I’ve done," she explained. "It’s about something. It’s really political."
Sadly, Mulligan wasn't willing to get too specific about her character and whether she's anything like her father. She did drop a few hints however. "She’s a Gekko, man. I can’t reveal too much but its ridiculous to have that name. It does afford me a million opportunities to play things different ways because I have that father to base so much of my character on."
Just because she's a Gekko, that doesn't mean Winnie necessarily follows in her father's footsteps. "She’s not on Wall Street," Mulligan said, her most revealing statement about the character.
She may not be willing to share any revealing details, but Mulligan is definitely excited about the story as a whole and the people she gets to work with. "It’s a ridiculously cool cast. Charlie Sheen is going to do a cameo which is going to be amazing!"
Have you ever seen the original "Wall Street"? Are you excited for this sequel? Do you think Gordon Gekko's redemption will turn out to just be an act, or is he really going to be fighting the good fight this time around?