Ewan McGregor will make his directorial feature film debut in Lakeshore Entertainment’s upcoming American Pastoral. McGregor will star with Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in the film adaptation based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel written by Philip Roth.
“Ewan’s talent goes far beyond his on-screen work and we’re excited to be working with a director who is as passionate as we are about telling the story of American Pastoral,” stated Lakeshore CEO, Tom Rosenberg.
“It’s a great privilege to be working with Lakeshore on Phillip Roth’s astounding novel ‘American Pastoral.’ 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. 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,” said McGregor.
American Pastoral‘s adapted screenplay was written by John Romano (The Lincoln Lawyer) with filming scheduled for September 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA. American Pastoral will be produced by Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi. Phillip Noyce was previously attached to direct.
McGregor will next be seen in Rodrigo Garcia’s Last Days in the Desert which premiered to rave reviews at Sundance and Susanna White’s Our Kind of Traitor. He is represented by UTA, United Agents, and his attorney is Sloane, Offer, Weber, Dern, LLP.
American Pastoral follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. Swede’s seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.