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‘Atlas Shrugged: Part 2’ Gets Teaser Trailer, Release Date & New Cast

'Atlas Shrugged: Part 2' Gets Teaser Trailer, Release Date & New Cast

What happens when your first movie dies at the box office, gets savaged by critics and makes barely a blip on the cultural radar? If you’re producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow, you spend even more money on the sequel, cross your fingers and hope for the best.

That’s right, even though the poor box office initially had Aglialoro putting the kibosh on plans for any sequels in the proposed trilogy, he quickly changed his mind and this fall the long awaited “Atlas Shrugged: Part 2” will hit theaters on October 12th. The $15 million dollar movie that shot this spring will now have a proper marketing budget says Kaslow, who has enlisted Russell Schwartz of Pandemic Marketing (and previously president of domestic marketing for New Line) to get the word out. He claims that “the industry will take us more seriously” with a better campaign and a 300 theater release, but if the filmmaking is anywhere near the disastrous first film, probably not. But it seems even the enthusiasm behind this project wasn’t able to keep the original cast in place.

Taylor Schilling and Grant Bowler probably realized they have better things to do, and this time around, the roles of Dagny Taggart and Henry Rearden will be played by Samantha Mathis (why?) and Jason “Hey it’s that guy” Beghe. In fact, pretty much all the major roles have been swapped out with D.B. Sweeney now playing John Galt, Esai Morales as Francisco d’Anconia and Kim Rhodes as Lillian Rearden.

Anyhow, we’ll see what Duncan Scott pulls together this fall, but judging by this teaser trailer, it won’t be subtle. [THR]

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Matt Osborne

"Atlas" sucked. The best thing about reading Rand as a teenager is her sex scenes, which were entirely missing from the film. It is precisely the kind of Bowdlerized mediocrity that would have inspired Rand to spit out her cigarette and wave a fist in the air. The second installment may exceed the first by actually reaching the rarefied realms of fiasco, but only if it is less nondescript. IMO the films perfectly represent what has happened to libertarian and conservative politics in general.


It's funny how the most hateful comments on Rand come from the welfare recipients sitting in Mom's basement as they type their remarks. Of course they have to protect their source of welfare income so they denigrate Rand in between their visits to the welfare office and disability lawyer. The irony is; the richer Capitalism makes America, the more money exists for them to sponge. The poorer Socialism makes America, the less money exists for them to sponge. These welfare addicts are to stupid and or greedy to even realize that.

Harison Bergeron

I recognized everyone in that trailer except for the Russian guy talking to Mike Wallace.


Funny how braindead celebs like Eva Mendes and Brad Pitt glorify Ayn Rand and her selfish philosophy but don't pitch in for the movie LOL

Steven Flores

Why indeed? Please Samantha Mathis, tell us that you did this for the money.


That trailer was the most unintentionally funny thing I've seen since the Kony 2012 Glee-esque musical number.

Matt N.

I LOVE AYN RAND! The first movie was awful, yes, but considering the direction in which the Obama legion is leading this country, I think a second movie is important now more than ever. Atlas is shrugging.

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