Atlas Shrugged: A cast of future stars

Greg Zeigerson at Parcbench makes an interesting point about the cast of the Atlas Shrugged movie: Many of them already seem poised to become major celebrities in the coming years.

In his words:

In fact, the cast, while relatively unknown now, promises to be a who’s who of future stars, in the way that George Lucas’s American Graffiti introduced Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, MacKenzie Phillips, Suzanne Somers and Cindy Williams, or in the way that Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders first brought attention to Tom Cruise, Emilio Esteves, Rob Lowe, and Patrick Swayze.

For example, Taylor Schilling, who plays Dagny Taggart, will soon star opposite Zac Efron in The Lucky One, and Edi Gathegi (Eddie Willers) will appear as Darwin in the movie X-Men: First Class, less than two months after the release of Atlas Shrugged.

Rebecca Wisocky (Lillian Rearden) is joining the cast of HBO’s True Blood.

Grant Bowler (Hank Rearden) has played a werewolf on True Blood and had recurring roles on Ugly Betty and Lost. After Atlas Shrugged, Bowler will have a major role in the movie The Killer Elite with Jason Statham, Clive Owen, and Robert De Niro.

Navid Negahban (Dr. Robert Stadler) will soon appear in Power of Few with Christopher Walken and Christian Slater. Navid was the male lead in The Stoning of Soraya M. and had a recurring role as Jamot on last season’s 24.

And one commenter points out that Matthew Marsden, who plays James Taggart, has quite a resume of his own.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7CKJ6QDHR64Q3TL3WS3A4VQFAQ William Cross

    It should be noted that Taylor Schilling carried the TV series “Mercy” on her very capable shoulders. In a show with lamentable plots, regrettable dialog, and some truly generic acting, she was the one consistently watchable presence. When I heard she was to play Dagny, I was ecstatic. If the trailer is any indication, she should shine in “Atlas.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7CKJ6QDHR64Q3TL3WS3A4VQFAQ William Cross

    It should be noted that Taylor Schilling carried the TV series “Mercy” on her very capable shoulders. In a show with lamentable plots, regrettable dialog, and some truly generic acting, she was the one consistently watchable presence. When I heard she was to play Dagny, I was ecstatic. If the trailer is any indication, she should shine in “Atlas.”