Today, it is not uncommon to see written works — whether it be popular young adult fantasy, classic literature or prize-winning pieces — being adapted to either the small screen or the silver screen. Among the myriad of written works, Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “American Pastoral,” is heading its way to the silver screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it has gained a new cast member, as actress Jennifer Connelly joins the project. Read on to learn more about this story.
Philip Roth’s “American Pastoral” tells the story of Seymour “Swede” Levov, a former high school athlete, whose life seems to be perfect as he marries a former beauty pageant queen and inherits his father’s business. However, his seemingly perfect life is turned upside down when his daughter, Merry, commits an act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War. This novel earned the author a Pulitzer Prize in 1997.
The film will star Ewan McGregor, who is best known for acting in films such as “Moulin Rouge” (2001) , “Star Wars Episodes I, II, III” (1999, 2002 and 2005, respectively), “Big Fish” (2003) and “The Island” (2005). He will play the role of the protagonist Seymour “Swede” Levov. Joining him in the film will be actress Jennifer Connelly, who is best known for “Rocketeer” (1991), “A Beautiful Mind” (2001), “The Hulk” (2003), “The House of Sand and Fog” (2203), and most recently, “Noah” (2014). The actress will be portraying Dawn, the former beauty pageant queen wife of McGregor’s Swede Levov.
The film, which will be directed by Philip Noyce for Lakeshore Entertainment, will begin its production in March 2015 — more than a decade when the company started the project. Back then, according to Deadline, real-life couple Jennifer Connelly and her husband, Paul Bettany, were set to portray the Levovs, with Rachel Evan Wood as their daughter, Merry.
This is not the first Philip Roth novel the company has adapted, as they have also produced film adaptations of Roth’s “The Human Stain” (2003), which starred Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman and Ed Harris; and “Elegy” (2008), which starred Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz.
And that’s the latest update for the upcoming movie, “American Pastoral,” the film adaptation of the Philip Roth’s 1997 novel of the same name. For more news and updates on upcoming movies, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).
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