Well, hellooooo, Dagny!
The rumors were true! From Variety, September 21:
Jolie Shoulders ‘Atlas’
Thesp slated for Rand adaptation
By Pamela McClintok
Angelina Jolie is set to star in the film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s iconic tome Atlas Shrugged for Lionsgate.
Howard and Karen Baldwin (“Ray”), who hold the rights to
Rand’s most ambitious novel, are producing with Media Talent Group topper Geyer Kosinski, Jolie’s manager.
Jolie, a longtime fan of
Rand’s, was eager to play the role of Dagny Taggart, the most powerful female character in any of Rand’s books.
A movie version of the Russian-born author’s novel, which runs more than 1,100 pages, has been long in the making. For years, producer Al Ruddy tried to bring Atlas Shrugged to the bigscreen, attracting the interest of Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway along the way.
Also producing are Lionsgate vice chair Michael Burns and president of production Michael Paseomek, who were instrumental in bringing the project into the indie studio.
Baldwinsacquired the film rights in 2003 upon leaving Crusader Entertainment, a partnership between Philip Anschultz and John Agliatoro’s company.