This year I finally read the classic "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. I had the hardback edition, so its over-1000-pages occasionally whacked me in the face when I nodded off reading in bed. I recommend the paperback.
Anyway, after reading it, my friend Tara and I had a discussion about who we thought could play Dagny Taggart in a movie. I remember reading in "Hollywood Animal" that years back, when the idea of a movie was being tossed around, Sharon Stone thought she'd be PERFECT for the role (this was right after her "Basic Instinct" success). I'm laughing, as I hope you are, at the thought of Sharon Stone playing that role. I mean, Dagny is a strong, charismatic, smart woman who single-handedly runs a railroad. Give me a break.
So, I was reading a magazine and saw that Angelina Jolie is scheduled to play Dagny.
OK. Let me think about that for a minute.
I think I could see it -- I loved Angelina in "Girl, Interrupted" (one of the few times I liked the movie better than the book), and ok, I can definitely deal with Angelina Jolie rather than Sharon Stone.
But it makes me wonder about what would have happened had the movie been cast soon after it was written. Tara and I were tossing around people like Katharine Hepburn for the role. The men were far easier for us to cast with modern actors -- but we were at a loss for a good modern actress.
If you read the book, I'd love to know what you think!