LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Ewan McGregor will make his directorial feature film debut with Lakeshore Entertainment's "American Pastoral" in addition to starring with Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning.
The long-in-development project is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel written by Philip Roth. Phillip Noyce was previously attached to direct.
"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,'" Lakeshore CEO Tom Rosenberg said in a statement.
"It's a great privilege to be working with Lakeshore on Phillip Roth's astounding novel 'American Pastoral,'" McGregor said. "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."
The screenplay was written by John Romano with filming scheduled for September in Pittsburgh. Producers are Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi.
The story follows Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father's business. His perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.