Casting update for Atlas Shrugged Part 2

Another update from Leon Brozyna:

Here’s another interim update on casting:

John Galt – D. B. Sweeney
Man in Train Station – Steve Kaufmann
Sara Connelly – Jamie Rose

and one change in casting:

Ted ‘Buzz’ Killman – Michael Gross

IMDb still not showing casting for Dagny, Ken, or Frisco

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  • Leon Brozyna

    There is an excellent summary of Part II of Atlas Shrugged posted on The Atlas Society web site.  For those unfamiliar with this organization, one of its trustees, John Aglialoro, is the film’s producer. Reading this summary will help remind readers of the incredible breadth of material that could be covered in the film. The summary is written by David Kelley, Executive Director of The Atlas Society, and starts:

    Atlas Shrugged Part II is now in pre-production. This second installment of the film trilogy by Either-Or Productions (the production company formed by producer and movie-rights-owner John Aglialoro to produce Part 2) is scheduled to be in theaters next fall. Those who attend The Atlas Society’s Summer Seminar will get the first glimpse in early July.   The challenge for the film adaptation is to make a stand-alone story from what is, in the novel, the middle segment of a continuous narrative. But this segment does have a certain unity in plot and theme. In regard to the plot, here are the key events of Part II, in briefest outline:   At the end of Part I, government bureaucrats and their crony-capitalist allies have undermined the triumph of Dagny Taggart and Hank Rearden in rebuilding the John Galt Line. New regulations cripple the Line and the Colorado businesses it serves—including Ellis Wyatt, who disappears after destroying his oil wells.   Part II opens six months later.

    Part II is the slow movement in the Atlas concerto, and certainly the darkest. The protagonists find their scope of action narrowing, their hope ebbing away. Their world is falling apart and they have not yet discovered the strike or the radiant alternative of Galt’s Gulch.

    Read the rest of Either-Or to get a feel for what to expect in the new film. The film is supposed to run at approx 2 hours, so it remains to be seen what will be cut to keep the time down.

  • Leon Brozyna

    There is an excellent summary of Part II of Atlas Shrugged posted on The Atlas Society web site.  For those unfamiliar with this organization, one of its trustees, John Aglialoro, is the film’s producer. Reading this summary will help remind readers of the incredible breadth of material that could be covered in the film. The summary is written by David Kelley, Executive Director of The Atlas Society, and starts:

    Atlas Shrugged Part II is now in pre-production. This second installment of the film trilogy by Either-Or Productions (the production company formed by producer and movie-rights-owner John Aglialoro to produce Part 2) is scheduled to be in theaters next fall. Those who attend The Atlas Society’s Summer Seminar will get the first glimpse in early July.

    The challenge for the film adaptation is to make a stand-alone story from what is, in the novel, the middle segment of a continuous narrative. But this segment does have a certain unity in plot and theme. In regard to the plot, here are the key events of Part II, in briefest outline:

    At the end of Part I, government bureaucrats and their crony-capitalist allies have undermined the triumph of Dagny Taggart and Hank Rearden in rebuilding the John Galt Line. New regulations cripple the Line and the Colorado businesses it serves—including Ellis Wyatt, who disappears after destroying his oil wells.

    Part II opens six months later.

    Part II is the slow movement in the Atlas concerto, and certainly the darkest. The protagonists find their scope of action narrowing, their hope ebbing away. Their world is falling apart and they have not yet discovered the strike or the radiant alternative of Galt’s Gulch.

    Read the rest of Either-Or to get a feel for what to expect in the new film. The film is supposed to run at approx 2 hours, so it remains to be seen what will be cut to keep the time down.

  • Leon Brozyna

    It looks like IMDb has finally gotten the last of the major characters for ASP2 and while some bit parts may be added later, the roll suggests some scenes we might be seeing:

    • Wedding reception for James Taggart & Cherryl Brooks with Frisco’s “Money” speech
    • Charges against Ken Danagger & Hank Rearden; disappearance of Ken
    • Rearden oven break-out
    • Rearden’s trial
    • Directive 10-289
    • Dagny quits; rushes back after the tunnel disaster
    • Dagny rides train to scene of disaster and Jeff Allen tells her about 20th Century Motor
    • Dagny flies after Quentin Daniels and crashes in Galt’s Gulch

    Dagny Taggart – Samantha Mathis
    John Galt – D. B. Sweeney
    Quentin Daniels – Diedrich Bader
    Hank Rearden – Jason Beghe
    Francisco d’Anconia – Esai Morales
    Dr. Robert Stadler – Robert Picardo
    Mr. Thompson – Ray Wise
    Ken Danagger – Arye Gross
    Lillian Rearden – Kim Rhodes
    Eddie Willers – Richard T. Jones
    Kip Chalmers – Rex Linn
    Jeff Allen – Jeff Yagher
    Wesley Mouch – Paul McCrane
    James Taggart – Patrick Fabian
    Cherryl Brooks – Larisa Oleynik
    Clem Weatherby – Stephen Macht
    Dr. Floyd Ferris – John Rubinstein
    Luke Stone – Mel Fair
    Gilbert Keith Worthing – Gildart Jackson
    Dave Mitchum – Kevin M. Horton
    Reception Guest #1 – Martin Grey
    Judge Beckstrom – Kip Gilman
    Judge Griffin – Jordana Capra
    Gwen – Jennifer Cortese
    Leonard Small – Bug Hall
    Robert Collins – Thomas F. Wilson
    Ted ‘Buzz’ Killman – Michael Gross
    Giselle – Alexa Hamilton
    Laura Bradford – Amy Hendrick
    Operator – James Jordan
    Sara Connelly – Jamie Rose
    Man in Train Station – Steve Kaufmann
    Lillian’s friend – Rebecca Dunn

  • Leon Brozyna

    It looks like IMDb has finally gotten the last of the major characters for ASP2 and while some bit parts may be added later, the roll suggests some scenes we might be seeing:

    • Wedding reception for James Taggart & Cherryl Brooks with Frisco’s “Money” speech
    • Charges against Ken Danagger & Hank Rearden; disappearance of Ken
    • Rearden oven break-out
    • Rearden’s trial
    • Directive 10-289
    • Dagny quits; rushes back after the tunnel disaster
    • Dagny rides train to scene of disaster and Jeff Allen tells her about 20th Century Motor
    • Dagny flies after Quentin Daniels and crashes in Galt’s Gulch

    Dagny Taggart – Samantha Mathis
    John Galt – D. B. Sweeney
    Quentin Daniels – Diedrich Bader
    Hank Rearden – Jason Beghe
    Francisco d’Anconia – Esai Morales
    Dr. Robert Stadler – Robert Picardo
    Mr. Thompson – Ray Wise
    Ken Danagger – Arye Gross
    Lillian Rearden – Kim Rhodes
    Eddie Willers – Richard T. Jones
    Kip Chalmers – Rex Linn
    Jeff Allen – Jeff Yagher
    Wesley Mouch – Paul McCrane
    James Taggart – Patrick Fabian
    Cherryl Brooks – Larisa Oleynik
    Clem Weatherby – Stephen Macht
    Dr. Floyd Ferris – John Rubinstein
    Luke Stone – Mel Fair
    Gilbert Keith Worthing – Gildart Jackson
    Dave Mitchum – Kevin M. Horton
    Reception Guest #1 – Martin Grey
    Reception Guest #2 – Dana Sparks
    Judge Beckstrom – Kip Gilman
    Judge Griffin – Jordana Capra
    Gwen – Jennifer Cortese
    Leonard Small – Bug Hall
    Robert Collins – Thomas F. Wilson
    Ted ‘Buzz’ Killman – Michael Gross
    Giselle – Alexa Hamilton
    Laura Bradford – Amy Hedrick
    Operator – James Jordan
    Sara Connelly – Jamie Rose
    Man in Train Station – Steve Kaufmann (uncredited)
    Lillian’s friend – Rebecca Dunn
    Gas Attendant – Marcus Natividad (uncredited)
    Pilot – Larry Poindexter
    Rail Foreman – Freedom (uncredited)
    Railroad Worker – Rafael Zubizarreta (uncredited)
    Holly – Patricia Tallman
    Orren Boyle – Michael James Spall
    Stock Broker – Greg Scholl (uncredited)

    UPDATE: Apr 13 – looks like they keep adding cast ~ Cherryl, Quentin, and several other support cast.

    UPDATE: Apr 27 – More parts cast, including Orren Boyle, but no Wet Nurse or Ragnar with filming probably at the halfway point.

  • Leon Brozyna

     
    Here’s a report from the production set of Atlas Shrugged, from Reason:
     

    During my time on set I watched the shooting of another scene that is, in a way, the lynchpin of the entire novel: the subtle attempt by Francisco D’Anconia (played by Esai Morales, most recently seen as Caprica’s Joseph Adama) to convince Rearden to abandon this world of statist control, by reminding him that Rearden never wanted to devote his life’s energies and creativity to “looters who think it’s your duty to produce, and theirs to consume. Moochers who think they owe you nothing.” (Yes, Rand fans, “looters” and “moochers,” both delivered seriously in mainstream movie dialogue.) Morales delivers the iconic line about what he would tell Atlas if he saw him bleeding and suffering, trying to bear single-handedly the burden of the world: “To shrug.”

     
    Another hopeful sign is that Samantha Mathis has made it a point to read the book, so that she’ll be better able to portray Dagny.  So far, so good; now read the rest here and decide for yourself.
     
     
     

  • Leon Brozyna

     
    Here’s a report from the production set of Atlas Shrugged, from Reason:
     

    During my time on set I watched the shooting of another scene that is, in a way, the lynchpin of the entire novel: the subtle attempt by Francisco D’Anconia (played by Esai Morales, most recently seen as Caprica’s Joseph Adama) to convince Rearden to abandon this world of statist control, by reminding him that Rearden never wanted to devote his life’s energies and creativity to “looters who think it’s your duty to produce, and theirs to consume. Moochers who think they owe you nothing.” (Yes, Rand fans, “looters” and “moochers,” both delivered seriously in mainstream movie dialogue.) Morales delivers the iconic line about what he would tell Atlas if he saw him bleeding and suffering, trying to bear single-handedly the burden of the world: “To shrug.”

     
    Another hopeful sign is that Samantha Mathis has made it a point to read the book, so that she’ll be better able to portray Dagny.  So far, so good; now read the rest here and decide for yourself.