Actor Ewan McGregor makes a startling directorial debut a film adaptation of Phillip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, American Pastoral. The wide-ranging film revolves around a family caught up in the social and political whirl of the 1960s. McGregor stars as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a former star high school athlete-turned-successful businessman, father and husband to a former beauty queen named Dawn (Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly). Dakota Fanning plays his teenage daughter Merry. Their normal, seemingly great life is torn apart when she goes AWOL after being accused of blowing up a local building. With the couple’s lives shattered, Swede decides to take matters into his own hands to bring his family back together.
The October 21 release from Lionsgate unquestionably is awards bait –a remarkable directorial debut for Scottish-born McGregor, who brings a unique outsider’s view to an especially turbulent time in America. Fanning will surprise fans with a performance that is different than anything we have seen from her before. Having gotten an early look at the film I can attest it is sure to spark talk. Orange Is the New Black Emmy winner Uzo Aduba and Oscar nominee David Strathairn co-star in this intense drama from Lakeshore, producers of The Age of Adaline and Best Picture Oscar winner Million Dollar Baby. John Romano wrote the screenplay from the Roth book. Gary Lucchesi and Tom Rosenberg produced. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think.