Oliver Stone has started shooting “Wall Street 2″ with Carey Mulligan. Sort of. There are rumors that the film hasn’t had a smooth take off, but that it’s finally in the air, so to speak.
Stone turned up last night for the first of three premiere screenings this week of “An Education,” the film that should earn newcomer Carey Mulligan a Best Actress nomination. Mulligan is also starring against Shia LaBeouf in “Wall Street 2.” Accompanying the director was his famous French mother, Jacqueline, who couldn’t praise Mulligan more. She loved “An Education.”
Stone held forth after the film ended at Brasserie 8 1/2 with several members of the press as well as Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard. The latter is mesmerizing and charming as Mulligan’s con man suitor in “An Education.” He’s also primed for some award action in the film, which opens Friday. Lone Scherfig’s movie is one of the best of the year, Like “Precious,” it made its debut last January at Sundance and has been waiting for a chance to entice audiences.
Along with Stone and Mulligan came LaBeouf, who’s been rumored to be in a real life romance with Mulligan while they’re making “Wall Street 2.” You know how these things go. And in predictable old-school fashion, the young actors seemed not be getting along, which got everyone talking. Who knows what’s going on?
Stone is excited about “Wall Street 2.” He says Charlie Sheen may indeed make a cameo. I got the sense that the decision comes down to his fee. (Charlie ‘ do it!) Michael Douglas is making his return as Gordon Gekko, but Stone is also excited about La Beouf. “Wait til you see him in this film,” he crowed. No word on whether Sylvia Miles will return as a high powered realtor, but it would be hilarious if she did ‘ and a nice touch. Twenty years ago she was sort of playing Linda Stein, realtor to the stars. Stein was murdered last year in real life. It could be a cool tribute.
And Carey Mulligan? She’s 24, poised to be the new Audrey Hepburn. If “An Education” is marketed right, she’ll be in awards contention with another newcomer, Gabby Sidibe, from “Precious.” as well as heavy hitters like Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, and Hilary Swank. How’s she holding up? “I’m just not thinking about it,” Mulligan said sweetly.