McGregor will play the lead role of Seymour "Swede" Levov, a former high-school athlete who marries a former beauty queen, but finds his perfect all-American existence thrown into chaos when his daughter is accused of mounting a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam war. Roth's 1997 novel, which examines the US social and political turmoil of the mid- to late 1960s, has been adapted for the screen by The Lincoln Lawyer's John Romano.
"Phillip Noyce is an exceptionally talented film-maker and we're excited to see him bring Philip Roth's great American classic to the big screen," said Tom Rosenberg of production company Lakeshore Entertainment. "We're thrilled to be working with Ewan McGregor and have long believed he is the perfect actor to take on the powerful and complex character of the Swede."
Lakeshore has previously adapted Roth's novels The Human Stain and Elegy. Noyce, the Australian director of Rabbit Proof-Fence, The Quiet American and Salt, will begin shooting American Pastoral on March 2015 in Pittsburgh.
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