'Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?' Trailer Features Romance and Ron Paul (Exclusive)

3:00 PM PST 08/11/2014 by Paul Bond

The politically charged movie opens about seven weeks ahead of midterm elections

The newest trailer for Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? focuses on the steamy romantic relationship between the title character and protagonist Dagny Taggart, and features a quick image of former presidential candidate Ron Paul making his acting debut.

In the two-minute trailer, Taggart, played by Laura Regan, is in a plane wreck that brings her to the mysterious Galt, played by Kristoffer Polaha. The two get to know each other, then, the video abruptly switches to politics.

That's when former Republican congressman Paul, playing a television commentator in the film, is seen on a TV screen saying: "Millions of people are sick and tired of the endless wars, the poverty that is coming, the attacks on our civil liberties."

The three Atlas Shrugged movies are based on Ayn Rand's popular novel of the same name. The movies tell the story of a dystopian future caused by government overreach and a bizarre strike waged by the most productive members of society.

The theme resonates with Libertarians and conservatives, so the filmmakers reached out to Paul and some others who lean to the right. Also appearing in the movie are Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, radio host Andrew Wilkow and Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist.

While the first two films included only quick, hard-to-decipher flashes of Galt, the third will feature him prominently, judging from the trailer. In a public address to the masses, he says: "To everyone within the range of my voice, this is John Galt speaking. Those who have left you are eager to build a world of freedom."

Atlas Shrugged Distribution Co. opens the movie Sep. 12, which producers Harmon Kaslow and John Aglialoro say is an opportune date given that it is about seven weeks ahead of midterm elections, when politics ought to be on the minds of potential moviegoers.

Email: Paul.Bond@THR.com

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