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Jennifer Connelly has come aboard to play the female lead opposite Ewan McGregor in American Pastoral, director Phillip Noyce‘s adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Connelly will play Dawn, the wife of Seymour “Swede” Levov, McGregor’s character.
The project marks Lakeshore Entertainment’s third Roth adaptation, following The Human Stain and Elegy. Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing American Pastoral.
“Jennifer Connelly is one of the great actresses of our time,” said Rosenberg. “We always wanted her to play Dawn in American Pastoral and we’re thrilled to be working with her.”
The story follows 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.
Noyce, who also directed The Giver, is set to begin shooting American Pastoral in March 2015 from an adapted script by John Romano.
Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) was most recently seen in Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah and will be in theaters next with Aloft and Shelter. The actress is repped by CAA and the Schiff Company.
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