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Apr 28, 2006 4:21 pm

Dagny Taggart, Tomb Raider; or, Tyler Durden Shrugged

[cross-posted at Austro-Athenian Empire]

The Atlas Shrugged film project, which has been languishing in development hell for, like, ever, seems to be making progress toward actuality once again, this time under the auspices of Lionsgate. Moreover, the Objectivist Center reports that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are “interested in parts in the film.” Contact Music insists, less cautiously, that the movie will star Jolie and Pitt as Dagny Taggart and John Galt respectively.

I’m inclined to trust the more cautious over the less cautious report, but this casting would certainly be very good news. Not because Jolie and Pitt are ideal to play the roles – they’re not (though on the other hand I can certainly envision Hollywood making much worse choices) – but because their names attached to the picture would bring investor dollars now and viewers later. Keeping my fingers crossed ....

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Irfan Khawaja - 8/4/2006

Frankly, I want to know who's playing the villains. My advice for central casting: forget Hollywood. Stick to the Objectivist movement itself for acting material. No shortage of villains...or actors...Right off the bat, I can think of a great Dr Stadler, James Taggart, and Wesley Mouch....

Roderick T. Long - 4/29/2006

By the way, here's a pic of Pitt and Jolie looking their most Randian.

Roderick T. Long - 4/29/2006

On second look at the TOC report, I notice it says: “The film will be based on a script of the first part of the novel .... It is anticipated ‘Atlas’ will be a multi-part film.” That’s good news too – it would be nice to see Atlas get the Lord of the Rings treatment. But it does raise a question about Pitt’s alleged casting as Galt in this first film. Galt doesn’t appear in person until the final third of the book; so if Pitt is in the first film, either he’s playing someone other than Galt (Rearden, perhaps?), or else, more likely, they’re changing the story. Oh well.