Director Oliver Stone has described
his Wall Street sequel as a film about family and betrayal.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
sees Michael Douglas return to his Oscar-winning role as corporate raider
Gordon Gekko, and stars Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan.
It follows Gekko as he tries to
repair his relationship with his daughter Winnie (Carey), and rebuild his
career after a prison spell.
Speaking at the Cannes Film
Festival, Stone said: “This is a story about family; this is a story about
people who are balancing their love of power and money with their need for
love, and that is really what it comes down to.
“Every single one of the fine
actors in this betrays each other at some point in this movie, even Carey,
who’s often called the moral centre.”
Shia, who plays young trader Jake
Moore, said he immersed himself in the world of investment banking to prepare.
The 23-year-old admitted that after
filming several action movies and going through a “dark” period, working with
traders and bankers was a steep learning process.
He said: “I felt like I was playing
with the all-star team, and I was coming out of a place in my life that was
pretty dark, and I didn’t feel like I had a lot of confidence personally. I
felt like the only way I could have confidence, which is the only job
requirement for these men, was to be as astute as I possibly could, and these
men embraced me because they embraced Oliver, and I learned a lot really