Ewan McGregor to Direct “American Pastoral” Adaptation

Ewan McGregor_American PastoralEwan McGregor’s first film as a director will be an adaption of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1997 novel, American Pastoral. McGregor will also star, playing Seymour “Swede” Levov,  a successful, middle-aged businessmen whose perfect life is shattered during the social and political upheaval of the 1960s. Jennifer Connelly will play Levov’s wife, Dawn, and Dakota Fanning his idealistic daughter, Merry, whose rebellious actions in protest to the Vietnam War end in tragedy. The script is by John Romano, who wrote the adaptation of Michael Connelly’s novel, The Lincoln Lawyer. Interestingly, Romano was a writer and consulting producer for the 2002-2005 television series, American Dreams, which also followed the impact of the turbulent 1960s on a conventional American family. He was 20-years old in 1968, so there’s no doubt he knows this era really well.

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