If you’re going to make your directorial debut, there are easier project than an adaptation of an acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, by a man considered one of the great American living men of letters (especially if you’re British). However, that’s what Ewan McGregor has done with American Pastoral, based on Philip Roth’s novel, which he may have taken on partly due to the fact it was stuck in development hell due to a never-ending parade of directors coming and going.
Now a trailer has arrived to give us our first look at the movie.
Here’s the official synopsis: ‘Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Phillip Roth novel, AMERICAN PASTORAL follows a family whose seemingly idyllic existence is shattered by the social and political turmoil of the 1960s. Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Beginners) makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life.
‘When his beloved teenage daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him. AMERICAN PASTORAL also stars Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) as Dawn, Dakota Fanning (The Runaways, The Twilight Saga) as Merry, Emmy® winner Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black), and Academy Award® nominee David Strathairn (Lincoln, Good Night, and Good Luck).’