AMERICAN PASTORAL is an upcoming crime-drama film directed by Ewan McGregor, making his directorial debut. Written by John Romano and Noah Haidle, it is an adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. McGregor also stars in the film, with Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning playing his wife and daughter.
The plot follows a family whose seemingly idyllic existence is shattered by the social and political turmoil of the 1960s. McGregor stars as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life. When his beloved teenage daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him.