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Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is about to make his directorial debut with the adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel American Pastoral. McGregor will also star in the film.

Widely thought to be his masterpiece, in American Pastoral Roth gives us a novel of unqualified greatness that is an elegy for all the twentieth century's promises of prosperity, civic order, and domestic bliss. Roth's protagonist is Seymour 'Swede' Levov - a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, the prosperous inheritor of his father's Newark glove factory - comes of age in thriving, triumphant post-war America. And then one day in 1968, Swede's beautiful American luck deserts him. For Swede's adored daughter, Merry, has grown from a loving, quick-witted girl into a sullen, fanatical teenager - a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism. And overnight Swede is wrenched out of the longed-for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk.

Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning will star alongside Ewan McGregor.

McGregor said, “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 that story.”

McGregor will join the ranks of other actors turned directors including George Clooney with The Ides of March. It's good company to be in.

Ben Affleck with Argo.

Clint Eastwood with American Sniper

Angelina Jolie with Unbroken

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