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There was apparently an “Atlas Shrugged: Part 1″, which I had no idea. That film starred Taylor Schilling (“The Lucky One”) as Dagny Taggart, the spunky, fiercely independent heroine of novelist Ayn Rand’s book from which the movies are being adapted from. Part 2 swaps Schilling with Samantha Mathis, which I suspect will confuse some people. The producers are eyeballing a trilogy, which means Part 3 is on the way — that is, if Part 2 makes enough movie. That’s usually how these things work. Check out the first full trailer for “Atlas Shrugged: Part 2″ below. For an independently financed film, the visuals actually look pretty spiffy, and I’ve always been a fan of Mathis. What can I say? “Pump Up the Volume” made a really big impression on me as a wee lad.
The global economy is on the brink of collapse. Unemployment has risen to 24%. Gas is now $42 per gallon. Brilliant creators, from artists to industrialists, continue to mysteriously disappear at the hands of the unknown. Dagny Taggart, Vice President in Charge of Operations for Taggart Transcontinental, has discovered what may very well be the answer to a mounting energy crisis – found abandoned amongst the ruins of a once productive factory, a revolutionary motor that could seemingly power the World. But, the motor is dead… there is no one left to decipher its secret… and, someone is watching. It’s a race against the clock to find the inventor before the motor of the World is stopped for good.
Who is John Galt?
Starring Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe, Esai Morales, Patrick Fabian, Kim Rhodes, Richard T. Jones, D.B. Sweeney, and Ray Wise. John Putch directs.
Atlas shrugs in theaters October 12, 2012.