'Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt' Teaser Trailer Shows Sand Art and Patrick Henry (Exclusive Video)

8:00 AM PST 05/08/2014 by Paul Bond
"Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?" Teaser Trailer

Filmmakers behind the politically provocative movie tapped an artist from "America's Got Talent" to star in their soon-to-be-released trailer.

The independent filmmakers behind the third installment of the Atlas Shrugged trilogy exclusively released a teaser trailer to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, one that uses sand art to illustrate its point that the movie will promote founding principles of limited government.

The trailer features artist Joe Castillo, a season-seven alum of America's Got Talent, constructing an image of the Statue of Liberty from sand while famous text from Revolutionary War rebel Patrick Henry invades the screen, ending with, "Give me liberty, or give me death."

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The Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? teaser was prepared over several weeks, but shot in a half-day. Outside of fiddling with the speed and some minor edits, no other trick photography was used, maintaining the integrity of Castillo's art.

The story of the third installment is taken from the conclusion of Ayn Rand's best-selling 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged, which imagines a society in ruin due to massive taxation and regulation. The film features an entirely different cast than the first two, with Laura Regan and Rob Morrow playing protagonists Dagny Taggart and Hank Rearden, while Kristoffer Polaha portrays John Galt. Harmon Kaslow and John Aglialoro are producing.

Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? is set to open on Sep. 12, which the filmmakers figure is an opportune time since the midterm elections will then be a few weeks away and politics will be on the minds of millions of moviegoers.

Watch the teaser below:

Email: Paul.Bond@THR.com

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