Ewan McGregor To Become Ewan Director

February 18, 2015

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Having finally forgotten the lessons George Lucas taught him, Ewan McGregor is ready to give directing a shot. He'll reportedly make his feature directorial debut on American Pastoral, also starring alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in the adaptation of Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. McGregor will play Seymour "Swede" Levov, a man living the kind of life so over-the-top idyllic that you just know it's going to fall apart pretty quick here. He was a high school star athlete, he inherited his father's successful business, he married a former beauty queen, and he has a lovely daughter. But that last point ends up being what pushes him over into both caricature and disaster: this being set in the '60s, the daughter ends up upheaving Swede's life when she gets into activism and ends up killing people in an act of political terrorism. It's the story I invariably cite whenever I'm explaining my decision not to become a handsome, successful jock married to Jennifer Connelly.

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