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Jolie for Atlas Shrugged

Published September 21, 2006 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders.
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Back in April we announced that Angelina Jolie may star in the upcoming adaptation of Atlas Shrugged. Well, 'may' has just become 'will.'

Jolie for Atlas Shrugged

According to Variety, Lionsgate has picked up Angelina Jolie to star in their upcoming adaptation of Ayn Rand's iconic tome Atlas Shrugged. Angelina Jolie expressed interest in the project earlier, as she is also a big fan of the novel.

Jolie will play the role of Dagney Taggart, the most powerful female character in any of Rand's books.

Howard and Karen Baldwin, who hold the rights to Rand's novel, are producing.

The book, published in 1957, revolves around the economic collapse of the U.S. sometime in the future and espouses her individualistic philosophy of objectivism. The violent, apocalyptic ending has always posed a challenge but could prove especially so in the post-9/11 climate.

The adaptation of Atlas Shrugged has been long coming with names such as Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway finding interest in the project at one time or another.

Lionsgate Films, who like to keep their films under a $25M budget, are looking to spend north of $30M for Atlas Shrugged.

Jolie will next be seen in Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf and The Good Shepherd.

Stay tuned for updates.

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