Attendees at The Atlas Summit were privy to a first look at the upcoming Atlas Shrugged Part 2 . The movie, coming to theaters on October 12, features Samantha Mathis as Dagny Taggart, Jason Beghe as Hank Rearden, and Esai Morales as Francisco D'Anconia. The panel at TAS's Summit on June 30 featured leads Mathis and Beghe, movie producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow, co-screenwriter Duncan Scott, and a first look at a clip from the movie.

The clip showed a scene of Dagny Taggart and Robert Stadler (played by Robert Picardo) discussing a mysterious motor. Their dialogue demonstrates one of the fundamental value clashes in Atlas Shrugged: the incompatability of political interference (Stadler works with the State Science Institute) with the free inquiry of science.

In addition to the presentation, TAS provided Summit-goers with goodies from the movie. While the crowd gathered outside the doors of the lecture hall, TAS staff and volunteers filled each seat with four different movie posters, a pin of the Atlas movie logo, and a t-shirt sketched with the words "Who is John Galt?" You can purchase the t-shirt and the poster with all three heroes at The Atlas Shrugged movie store.

 In the darkness before the surprise for our guests, conference photographer Judd Weiss snapped an eery photo of the room's layout.


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