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Atlas Shrugged Part 2 Begins Principal Photography
Official Atlas Shrugged Movie Blog ^ | April 2, 2012 | Scott DeSapio

Posted on 04/02/2012 8:32:03 AM PDT by Carlucci

Atlas Shrugged Part 2 Fully Cast with Shooting to Begin Today

(Beverly Hills, CA) - April 2nd, 2012 - Either-Or Productions announced today that the film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, “Either Or” has been fully cast and principal photography has begun.

Based on Ayn Rand’s (Feb. 2 1905 - Mar. 6 1982) 1957 novel, ATLAS SHRUGGED PART II: EITHER OR is set in a near future dystopian United States with a global economy on the brink of collapse and brilliant creators, from artists to industrialists, mysteriously disappearing at the hands of the unknown.

Starring in the film are Samantha Mathis as the heroine Dagny Taggart, Jason Baghe as the industrialist Henry “Hank” Rearden, and Esai Morales as the playboy Francisco “Frisco” d’Anconia.

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KEYWORDS: atlasshrugged; aynrand
Wow, looks like they recast all of the main characters. I'm not a huge fan of Esai Morales, but I think he has decent acting chops and will be able to bring some weight to Francisco's "Money Speech", assuming they intend to include it in Part 2.
1 posted on 04/02/2012 8:32:15 AM PDT by Carlucci
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To: Carlucci

I didn’t have an issue with any of the cast from the first one, so I don’t really see why they all got recast. Makes you wonder why.


2 posted on 04/02/2012 8:42:29 AM PDT by drbuzzard (different league)
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To: Carlucci

Excellent! If the DVD is available by Christmas, that will be another 5 to be provided as stocking stuffers!


3 posted on 04/02/2012 8:42:51 AM PDT by petro45acp (NO good endeavour survives an excess of "adult supervision" (hence the American experiment))
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To: Carlucci
I thought the original dagney was great....Taylor Schilling

4 posted on 04/02/2012 8:44:54 AM PDT by y6162
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To: Carlucci
That's too bad.... recast all the characters? I think they did well the first time. I doubt they can do better.

That said I have swooning praise and some criticism of the first installment.

They captured and portrayed the book well in the first movie. I was worried about it and couldn't figure out how they were going to do it without overwhelming and confusing and audience. I thoroughly enjoyed the first movie and hated to see it end....because I have read the book.

I am now convinced, the movies will likely only be appreciated by those who have read the book. It is still a piece for those of a more advanced intellect to follow than typical movie goers (IMO) are used to. I base the assumption on the experience of watching it with my (pretty and intelligent) wife. She had never read the book. Thank gawd we were at home where I could pause the movie to answer questions, explain what was happening and who the characters were. I might have smothered her in a theater.

5 posted on 04/02/2012 8:45:28 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (With regards to the GOP: I am prodisestablishmentarianistic!)
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To: Carlucci

Will be a little odd seeing new actors as the main characters.


6 posted on 04/02/2012 8:47:50 AM PDT by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: Carlucci

Looks like they recast just about the entire movie. I wonder why?


7 posted on 04/02/2012 8:52:57 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Carlucci

http://reason.com/blog/2012/02/02/atlas-shrugged-part-two-to-start-filming : “they did not lock down the original cast contractually for sequels, so recasting may be necessary. Original director Paul Johansson ... will definitely not be returning for this second part.”


8 posted on 04/02/2012 8:53:43 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Carlucci

I figured they would have filmed all three movies in a row.

Must have been a funding issue.

I thought the acting was pretty darn bad in the first one, but I still enjoyed the movie and look forward to the next two.


9 posted on 04/02/2012 8:54:10 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: Tenacious 1

Mr sneakers and I watched part I, and neither of us have read the book, though I know enough about what it is about. Mr S, though, asked me, at the start of the movie “So what is this supposed to be about?”. He wasn’t too sure he was going to like or understand it. By the end of the movie, he was hooked, and can’t wait for part II. I have to agree about the recast. The cast of part I was excellent.


10 posted on 04/02/2012 8:54:44 AM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: Carlucci
I liked the original cast, but that's showbiz. I like the fact that the release date is now scheduled for Oct. 12, instead of Election Day.

My first impression is that the new cast has better resumes, but not much more name value.

11 posted on 04/02/2012 8:55:09 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: Tenacious 1

Mr sneakers and I watched part I, and neither of us have read the book, though I know enough about what it is about. Mr S, though, asked me, at the start of the movie “So what is this supposed to be about?”. He wasn’t too sure he was going to like or understand it. By the end of the movie, he was hooked, and can’t wait for part II. I have to agree about the recast. The cast of part I was excellent.


12 posted on 04/02/2012 8:55:38 AM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: Tenacious 1

Mr sneakers and I watched part I, and neither of us have read the book, though I know enough about what it is about. Mr S, though, asked me, at the start of the movie “So what is this supposed to be about?”. He wasn’t too sure he was going to like or understand it. By the end of the movie, he was hooked, and can’t wait for part II.

I have to agree about the recast. The cast of part I was excellent.


13 posted on 04/02/2012 8:57:08 AM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: Tenacious 1

I just saw Part 1 (not having read the weighty tome). Struck me that the most pleasing parts were little “why would I do _that_?” anti-socialist comments - bits which most people would not notice or appreciate. Otherwise a good movie, albeit a little overwrought in hyping some scenes.


14 posted on 04/02/2012 8:57:45 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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oh good grief.

sorry about the double post.


15 posted on 04/02/2012 8:58:55 AM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: Carlucci

Not locking down the original cast was a big mistake. Recasting will hurt the continuity unless the new cast is almost indistinguishable from the old cast. (Think Dumbledore (buried under the beard) from Harry Potter.)


16 posted on 04/02/2012 9:07:15 AM PDT by spaced
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To: Carlucci

Double Plus Good bump for Original Cast

Why the change? Weakness in the upper levels of management?


17 posted on 04/02/2012 9:28:04 AM PDT by Hop A Long Cassidy
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To: All

Who is John Galt?


18 posted on 04/02/2012 9:40:33 AM PDT by Boonie
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To: All

OK...I see this is a “trilogy”...He won’t be around til the third part........

But, I could not resist my question.....;o)


19 posted on 04/02/2012 9:43:18 AM PDT by Boonie
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To: Carlucci

Had no idea the entire cast was chucked. I thought most of the cast was good. As much as I would have liked this franchise to work, I have to blame the guy that has the rights. He seems to have hosed it.


20 posted on 04/02/2012 9:58:54 AM PDT by DesScorp
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To: Carlucci
Esai Morales

I thought the name looked familiar. He was Joseph Adama in the Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica.

Francisco's money speech is the heart of the book. They had better do it well.

"....When force is the standard, the murderer wins over the pickpocket. And then that society vanishes, in a spread of ruins and slaughter.

"Do you wish to know whether that day is coming? Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society's virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that it does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.

It's like Ayn Rand had seen Obamacare, Solyndra, the GM bailout and the rest of this administration - or more likely Obama is like thousands of other tyrants throughout history.

2009 thread on the Money Speech

21 posted on 04/02/2012 10:01:45 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: y6162

Agreed, but maybe by the time book three is being cast, Angelina Jolie will come back to the project. Could raise the audience and box office numbers.


22 posted on 04/02/2012 10:02:26 AM PDT by petro45acp (NO good endeavour survives an excess of "adult supervision" (hence the American experiment))
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To: DesScorp
It's tough to get that many actors to agree to do another film, which might or might not be made at some unknown time in the future for the relatively small payroll the first movie paid. This isn't Peter Jackson filming all three Lord of the Rings films at once or another producer able to toss out million dollar paychecks to make sure actors keep their schedules free. If the part-one actors get paying gigs, they aren't going to wait. I'm just glad the second part is being made considering the first wasn't great at the box office. I'm not holding my breath for the third.
23 posted on 04/02/2012 10:09:42 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I suspect that the original actors got ‘offer they could not refuse’.

Some Hollywood big names were ready to appear in part one and then pulled outs in the last minute.


24 posted on 04/02/2012 10:15:57 AM PDT by doomtrooper99 (Offer they could not refuse)
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To: petro45acp

Supposedly the film is to appear in theatres in Oct.; even if it flops I doubt it would appear on DVD for Christmas. The first part was April 15 of last year in theatres and I think it was on DVD six months later.

(One possible scenario had it coming out election week
but this wikipedia entry for “Sequels” for A.S. I says the following:)
>>In July 2011, Aglialoro planned to start production of Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 in September, with its release timed to coincide with the 2012 U.S. elections. In October 2011, producer Harmon Kaslow stated that he hopes filming for Part 2 begins in early 2012, “with hopes of previewing it around the time of the nominating conventions.” Kaslow anticipated that the film, which would encompass the second third of Atlas Shrugged, would “probably be 30 to 40 minutes longer than the first movie.” Kaslow also stated his intent that Part II would have a bigger production budget, as well as a larger advertising budget.
On February 2, 2012, Kaslow and Aglialoro, the producers of Atlas Shrugged: Part 2, announced a start date for principal photography in April 2012 with a release date of October 2012.


The Feb 2 announcement co-incided with Ms. Rand’s birthday of course.


25 posted on 04/02/2012 10:18:40 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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They’ve recast the movie.


26 posted on 04/02/2012 6:10:10 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Publius

I saw that and am a tad apprehensive but I’m still going to the release.


27 posted on 04/02/2012 6:58:59 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: petro45acp

I would have liked Claudia Christian as Dagny. She certainly handled the role Ivanova exceptionally well in my eyes. She is always so super nice at conventions too.


28 posted on 04/02/2012 7:02:31 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Publius

I’m disappointed, but I’ll still go see it. I thought Hank Reardon and Lillian were both perfect in Part I and it looks like neither is returning. That’s too bad.


29 posted on 04/02/2012 7:07:16 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: Publius

Yeah, I got that, but I’m curious why. I didn’t think the first cast was bad.


30 posted on 04/02/2012 7:48:00 PM PDT by drbuzzard (different league)
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To: Carlucci

Well, that will make it rather awkward when you want to watch the 3 parts in one sitting - which is what I was looking forward to.

This will make it disjointed - and the DAgney and Reardon characters are a real disappointment. We’ve already identified with the Dagney and Reardon of Part 1.

this is a let down - all the way around.


31 posted on 04/02/2012 8:21:21 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("If you bought it - a truck brought it" - and because of the price of gas/it costs more.)
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To: Publius; y6162

Going with bigger names I see. (bigGER not big)

Though ironically Taylor Schilling, the girl from the first one (who is 14 years younger than he replacement), will probably become a star now cause she’s in the latest Hollywood romance movie with a Disney pretty boy pretending he can be a lead actor in major motion pictures.


32 posted on 04/02/2012 11:37:40 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Carlucci
thxs, for the post. :-D

33 posted on 04/02/2012 11:38:58 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Kill all the terrorists; protect all the borders, ridicule all the (surviving) Liberals :^)
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To: sneakers
I think it was three (but who's counting)?

The original cast was good but I reckon it is the story anyhow. For a time Angelina Jolie was talked about as the lead. Maybe part three?

34 posted on 04/03/2012 5:42:20 AM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (We need to limit political office holders to two terms. One in office, and one in prison.)
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To: Publius

And I thought Hank Rearden looked exactly like Hank Rearden too.

Bump.


35 posted on 04/03/2012 6:23:18 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Publius

I’m glad they recast Dagney and Francisco. The first Hank was good, but I would imagine that the new Hank will be just as good from his past performances. I think the Frisco character will be much better. I’ve not seen him in much, but he has the right look. I never bought the first Frisco. I thought Taylor was too soft to be Dagney. I don’t know this new actress, but I hope she is stronger than Taylor. I’d still like to see someone with a strong presence like Angie Harmon or Jolie (although I’m not sure Jolie would do the part justice).

My first review of Part I was a little harsh, mostly because of the Frisco and Slug characters. I’m sure I will be at the first showing of Part II. Can’t wait.


36 posted on 04/03/2012 9:55:57 AM PDT by r-q-tek86 ("It doesn't matter how smart you are if you don't stop and think" - Dr. Sowell)
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