Ewan McGregor to Star in Film Version of American Pastoral by Philip Roth

June 27, 2014

Cast in the role of Seymour “Swede” Levov, Ewan McGregor will star in an upcoming film adaption of Philip Roth’s 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, American Pastoral. The adaptation, according to The Los Angeles Times has been in the works since the late ‘90s. It may please some to know that the film officially has its leading man, as well as its script and director Phillip Noyce.

Ewan McGregor is no stranger to book-to-film projects, as he starred in an HBO adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections (that didn’t make it past the pilot) and Trainspotting, adapted from Irvine Welsh’s novel of the same name. He also acted in the upcoming John Le Carré adaptation, Our Kind of Traitor.

Previous films inspired by or adapted from Roth novels include Goodbye Columbus in 1969, Portnoy’s Complaint, The Human Stain, and, most recently, Elegy in 2008. Actors who have portrayed his characters include Penelope Cruz, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, and Sir Ben Kingsley.

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