Last year we mentioned Ewan McGregor was set to make his directorial debut, and now the first look is here.
McGregor directs and stars in the film adaptation of Philip Roth‘s 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel American Pastoral.
American Pastoral tells the story of Seymour “Swede” Levov (McGregor), a former high school star athlete and WWII veteran. He falls in love and settles into living the ideal American life in the 1960s. Everything he knows becomes uprooted when his teenage daughter (Dakota Fanning) takes on radical political views, which turn into terrorist actions.
The story is narrated by Nathan Zuckerman, said to be be Roth’s alter ego, voiced by David Strathairn (The Blacklist). We don’t hear Strathairn in the trailer, with the clip below set to a cover of the Tears for Fears song “Mad World.”
The song is briefly interrupted when Levov and his wife (Jennifer Connelly) are alarmed by a radio announcement involving their daughter.
Here’s a look at the trailer:
Originally Phillip Noyce (The Bone Collector, The Saint) was signed on to direct, with McGregor solely acting in the film. It’s not clear why Noyce is no longer attached to the project, but McGregor was keen to take a seat in the director’s chair, saying in a statement, “I’ve wanted to direct for years and wanted to wait until I found a story that I ‘had’ to tell and in this script I knew I had found that story.’
The film has been in the works for over a decade, reports SlashFilm. We can expect American Pastoral to hit U.S. theaters on October 28, 2016. It will be released in the U.K. that November.
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