“Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?” Starts Production With New Cast

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Atlas Shrugged: Who I John Galt, the third installment in the “Atlas Shrugged” movie trilogy, has officially gone into production without any of the primary cast members from the previous installment, though a complete change of acting talent has been the norm for this politically charged franchise.

In the movie, John Galt will be played by Kristoffer Polaha. You might know him from the CW shows Ringer and Life Unexpected. He also appears in the upcoming Fox show Backstrom, starring Rainn Wilson.

The story’s heroine, Dagny Taggart, will be played by Laura Regan, who was in the movie Unbreakable with Bruce Willis and has appeared on the AMC hit show “Mad Men.” Cast as Taggart’s love interest, the wealthy industrialist Hank Rearden, is Rob Morrow, while Eric Allan Kramer has been cast as Ragnar Danneskjold, a modern-day maritime pirate. Francisco d’Anconia, a brilliant entrepreneur with the reputation of a frivolous playboy, is to be played by Joaquim de Almeida, a Portuguese actor who has appeared in TV shows like Once Upon a TimeThe Mentalist and Revolution.

The film trilogy is based on the novel by Ayn Rand. Atlas Shrugged, the book first published in 1957, portrays a dystopian U.S. where soaring taxation, stifling governmental regulations and demonization of success are the norm. Eventually, the most productive members of society begin to voluntarily disappear in an attempt at a bizarre “strike” that is seemingly orchestrated by a mysterious figure known as John Galt.

The third Atlas Shrugged is scheduled for release by Atlas Distribution Co. in September, when Americans will turn their attention to midterm elections, and Kaslow says he is hoping the country’s focus on politics will spill into theaters where his film is showing. He also says the third film’s release pattern will stress the areas of the country where the first two installments were most popular.

In the first Atlas Shrugged, Taylor Schilling played Taggart, Grant Bowler played Rearden and Jsu Garcia played d’Anconia. In Part II, Samantha Mathis played Taggart, Jason Beghe played Rearden and Esai Morales played d’Anconia.

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