Ewan McGregor Set to Direct and Star in Adaptation of American Pastoral
Following a twenty year career in front of the camera, actor Ewan McGregor is now heading behind it. Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize winning American Pastoral adaptation is set to be directed by McGregor in his first feature film which he is also attached to star in. Phillip Noyce (The Giver) was previously going to direct.
“I’ve wanted to direct for years and wanted to wait until I found a story that I ‘had’ to tell, and in this script I knew I had found that story,” McGregor said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge of being on both sides of the camera, especially knowing I’ll be working with Jennifer and Dakota.”
McGregor is joined in the film by Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning, and is set to begin shooting in September 2015.
Seymour ‘Swede’ Levov – a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, the prosperous inheritor of his father’s Newark glove factory – comes of age in thriving, triumphant post-war America. And then one day in 1968, Swede’s beautiful American luck deserts him. For Swede’s adored daughter, Merry, has grown from a loving, quick-witted girl into a sullen, fanatical teenager – a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism. And overnight Swede is wrenched out of the longed-for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk.