Ewan McGregor to Star in Phillip Noyce's 'American Pastoral'

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Ewan McGregor (UTA, Sloane Offer, United) has joined The Weinstein Co.'s "August: Osage County," the adaptation of the Tracy Letts play starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

The film is based on Philip Roth’s novel, with an adapted screenplay written by John Romano.

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.

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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 by becoming a revolutionary and commits a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.

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“Phillip Noyce is an exceptionally talented filmmaker and we’re excited to see him bring Philip Roth’s great American classic to the big screen,” said Lakeshore CEO Rosenberg in a statement. “We’re thrilled to be working with Ewan McGregor and have long believed he is the perfect actor to take on the powerful and complex character of the Swede.”

Noyce's previous work includes Angelina Jolie starrer Salt and Rabbit-Proof Fence. His next project is the adaptation of The Giver, hitting theaters in August. He's repped by UTA and Fineman Entertainment.

McGregor was most recently seen in The Impossible and Beginners. His upcoming projects include Our Kind of Traitor, and he'll make his Broadway debut this fall in The Real Thing. He's repped by UTA, United Agents, and Sloane Offer.