Atlas Shrugged Begins Production

Paul Johansson (“One Tree Hill”), Taylor Schilling (“Mercy”) and Grant Bowler (“True Blood”) have been cast as John Galt, Dagny Taggart and Hank Reardon respectively in the independently-produced film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” reports Variety.

Producer John Aglialoro had to get production going on this film adaptation of one of literature’s most famous works by this past Saturday or lose the feature rights. Well he met the date, with the $5 million-budget “Atlas Shrugged Part One” kicking off its five week shoot over the weekend with Paul Johansson directing from Brian Patrick O’Toole’s script.

The project has dwelt in development hell for decades until this year when Aglialoro quickly decided to make the film on his own without any studio backing. As a result, the cast is essentially made up of mostly unknowns including those three above.

Joining them are Michael Lerner (“A Serious Man”) as lobbyist Wesley Mouch and film director Nick Cassavetes as Richard McNamara. Matthew Marsdan, Graham Beckel, Edi Gathegi, Jsu Garcia, Rebecca Wisocky, Ethan Cohn, Patrick Fischer, Neill Barry, Christina Pickles and Nikki Klecha also star.

The film is the first of a planned trilogy based on Rand’s book set in a dystopian U.S. where Government control of industry has collapsed society.