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Ewan McGregor is to get his gums around an American accent again as he takes the lead in American Pastoral, an adaptation of Philip Roth’s 1997 novel. McGregor will play Seymour “Swede” Levov, a Jewish businessman whose successful career is derailed by the revolutionary activities of his daughter during the Vietnam War. Though a period piece examining the attitudes of the time, the narrative also goes back and forth in recent history, so plenty for the actor and director Philip Noyce (Rabbit-proof Fence) to work with here.
Lakeshore Entertainment are producing, having brought two previous Roth tomes to the screen, The Human Stain with Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman and Elegy with Penelope Cruz and Sir Ben Kingsley. Neither set the box office ablaze, so expect another complex and intelligent effort that will hopefully navigate that tricky path between honouring the book and creating something cinematic. John Romano (The Lincoln Lawyer) is writing the script. »
- Steve Palace
Ewan McGregor will star in American Pastoral, which Phillip Noyce is directing. John Romano (The Lincoln Lawyer) adapted the screenplay based on Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Filming is scheduled for March 2015 in Pittsburgh. Photos 'Star Wars' Actors: Then and Now The project marks Lakeshore Entertainment’s third Roth adaptation, following The Human Stain and Elegy. Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing American Pastoral. The story follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, a former high school athlete who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. His seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels
- Rebecca Ford
The story follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete who has a seemingly perfect life after he marries a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. His life shatters when his daughter commits a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.
“Phillip Noyce is an exceptionally talented filmmaker and we’re excited to see him »
- Dave McNary
McGregor will take on the starring role of Seymour 'Swede' Levov, a blonde Jewish businessman living in Newark, New Jersey, whose ordinary life is disturbed by the chaos of the 1960s under the presidency of JFK's successor Lyndon B Johnson.
The Lincoln Lawyer writer John Romero wrote the script for the long-gestating project.
Noyce's The Giver will be released in the summer.
American Pastoral will begin shooting in early 2015. »
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- Darren Franich
Millennium Films has just picked up worldwide rights to Barry Levinson's "The Humbling," adapted from now-retired novelist Philip Roth's 2009 book of the same name. Currently in post-production and seeking Us distribution, the film stars Al Pacino, Diane Wiest, Greta Gerwig and Kyra Sedgewick."The Humbling" tells the story of an aging actor who has an affair with a lesbian woman half his age at a secluded country house in Connecticut. In typical Rothian fashion, the relationship takes unusual turns as people from their past surface and chaos ensues.The film version is a Baltimore Pictures production that continues the collaboration of Levinson and Pacino, who worked together on "Wag the Dog" in 1997. Roth is the author of the brilliant nightmare panorama of the 1970s "American Pastoral," "The Human Stain" and "Portnoy's Complaint," among dozens of other works. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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