Samantha Mathis is the New Dagny Taggart

…for Atlas Shrugged Part 2, which is filming now with significant cast changes.

More on Samantha’s casting here. The second film of the trilogy is expected to be longer due to audience feedback, incorporating more of the plot details from the books. This is a very good thing, IMO.

As for the casting, Taylor Schilling did a decent job, but she just wasn’t quite Dagny to me. And whether it was due to the direction, hasty filming schedule¬† or the script, I didn’t feel one bit of chemistry between Dagny and Rearden in the first film.

On a pop trivia note, Mathis is the daughter of Bibi Besch, so that makes for one degree of separation between this Dagny and Captain Kirk, as Besch played the mother of Kirk’s son…


Father… Son… Daughter?

Why, I believe I’ve stumbled onto the capitalist/heroic equivalent of Philip Jose Farmer’s Tarzan/Batman connection!

Dagny Taggart is James T. Kirk’s secret love child, transported back through time to be raised by the Taggarts and fulfill her destiny at the head of Taggart Transcontinental….

Don’t believe me? Read this and tell me that Dagny doesn’t share many of Kirk’s personality traits.


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3 Responses to Samantha Mathis is the New Dagny Taggart

  1. Bram says:

    I liked Taylor Schilling in the first movie – tough, smart, and sexy. I never read the books so I don’t know how she compares to the fictional character.

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