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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Atlas Shrugged movie?

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04/28/2006

According to an article in Variety magazine, megastars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are among the possibilities for the lead roles in a new movie version of Ayn Rand's classic novel Atlas Shrugged. Says the article,

As for stars, [the] book provides an ideal role for an actress in lead character Dagny Taggart, so it's not a stretch to assume Rand enthusiast Angelina Jolie's name has been brought up. Brad Pitt, also a fan, is rumored to be among the names suggested for lead male character John Galt.... Oliver Stone was attached to direct a remake of "Fountainhead" for Warner Bros. and Paramount, but the project has languished in development. Along the way, Pitt expressed interest in playing Roark.

The article also notes the difficulties encountered in previous attempts to turn Rand's novel into a movie, even in spite of the interest of big-name stars:

For years, producer Al Ruddy tried to make Rand's definitive book into a movie, attracting the interest of Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, and Faye Dunaway at one point. But while Rand was still alive, she had script approval, complicating the process.

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