Jennifer Connelly & Dakota Fanning Sign Up for 'American Pastoral'

August 6, 2014

Jennifer Connelly / American Pastoral

This morning brought our first look at a bearded Ewan McGregor in the crime drama Son of a Gun, and now the cast for his next film is shaping up around him with Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning landing roles. For those who don't know, McGregor has been slated to lead the long-gestating Ameircan Pastoral, based on the book written by author Phillip Roth, which will be directed by Phillip Noyce (Salt). McGregor is playing Seymour "Swede" Levov, a blonde Jewish businessman living in New Jersey, whose regular life is disturbed by the political upheaval of the '60s under President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Connelly has been announced to play Dawn, former beauty queen wife of McGregor’s lead character in the film (she's been linked to the project for years), while Fanning has landed the role of Merry, the main character's daughter. Merry is an integral part of the story having grown from a loving, quick-witted girl into a sullen, fanatical teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism. Sounds like there's a lot going on in this story, and maybe that's why it's taken 10 years to finally get in front of cameras. Production begins next March in Pittsburgh with a script from John Romano (The Lincoln Lawyer).

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Reader Feedback - 8 Comments


Always ready for more McGregor.

DAVIDPD on Aug 6, 2014


Tis good news.

Xerxexx on Aug 6, 2014


mmmm.....Jennifer Connelly.....

TheOct8pus on Aug 7, 2014


Ever since the Labyrinth I have had a crush on her, lol.

Brian Sleider on Aug 7, 2014


I've got you beat. I've had a crush on her ever since Dario Argento's Phenomena

TheOct8pus on Aug 7, 2014


Sounds like a good character piece. Good talent involved. Hopefully Noyce does a good job, cause "Salt" was awful.

Joker's hideout on Aug 7, 2014


Had to come back and state that I sure agree with you regarding Noyce and Salt. He was making big, slick Hollywood action movies there for a while what with Clear and Present Danger and another with Ford. However, I remember Dead Calm; which was very good and introduced me to Nicole Kidman. I also remember his very, very good...even great, small film Rabbit-Proof Fence; probably his best. Also The Quiet American. So I'm with you and hope Noyce does a good job; he's certainly capable of it and especially with material such as this. If you, or others, have not seen Rabbit-Proof Fence check it out; it's worth the effort.

Bo on Aug 7, 2014


Another what seems to be an intelligent film. Thanks, Ethan for the heads up. You're firing on all cylinders today, are the film gods. Good to see...this one and the other one with Vanessa Redgrave and Rooney Mara playing the older and younger version of the same character. Terrific!

Bo on Aug 7, 2014

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