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Atlas Shrugged Starts Filming Next Month, But Where’s The Cast?

There have been rumors for many years of a big screen adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged. Now, though he doesn’t have a cast yet, John Aglialoro who bought the rights back to Rand’s novel in 1992 has announced that filming will begin on June 11th. Aglialoro’s plan is to make four feature films out of the classic novel, first-time feature director Stephen Polk (Baggage) will helm the project with a script by Brian O’Tool.

Deadline reports that while no stars are currently attached to the film, Aglialoro is said to be seeking out actresses such as Maggie Gyllenhaal and Charlize Theron for the lead role of Dagny Taggart. Deadline states that reps for Gyllenhaal and Theron indicated that they were aware of the film but would not be signing on.

Director Stephen Polk told the site that they are not intimidated to film a
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Atlas Shrugged Film is Shooting in June, But Without a Cast?

The last time we wrote anything about the adaptation of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged that's in the works was way, way back in 2007, when Ukrainian director Vadim Perelman (of House of Sand and Fog and The Life Before Her Eyes) was still attached. We finally have a new update, though, as Deadline is reporting that entrepreneur John Aglialoro, who bought the option on the book some 17 years ago, has announced that he's personally financing the film as an independent feature and will even begin shooting in Los Angeles on June 11th - but he doesn't have any actors lined up yet at all. Uh, how is he going to pull this off last minute? Aglialoro has hired Stephen Polk, an actor/producer who help direct Baggage in 2008 (uncredited), will be directing Atlas Shrugged. Polk made this statement about why they're going to start shooting right away: "For more than
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