Ewan McGregor has been tapped to make his directorial feature film debut on American Pastoral, the film adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning Philip Roth novel that stars McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning. Lakeshore Entertainment is producing the pic, which now is set to start shooting in September in Pittsburgh.
Phillip Noyce previously was attached to direct the pic, adapted by The Lincoln Lawyer scribe John Romano. Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing a project that Noyce had been with for more than a decade, when he was first set to helm for Connelly, Paul Bettany and Evan Rachel Wood. Fisher Stevens also had been attached as director at one point.
The story follows Seymour “Swede” Levov (McGregor), a legendary high school athlete who grows up to marry a former beauty queen (Connolly) and inherits his father’s business. Swede’s seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter (Fanning) rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.