Jennifer Connelly has joined “American Pastoral,” expected to shoot here with actor Ewan McGregor in March.
That’s the word from Variety which reports Connelly will play the wife of McGregor, cast as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete, devoted family man and hard worker who inherits his father’s Newark glove factory. He is brought to life in Philip Roth’s 1997 “American Pastoral” novel.
In late June, Lakeshore Entertainment confirmed that it would return to the Pittsburgh area for a third time after filming “The Mothman Prophecies” starring Richard Gere here in 2001 and “One for the Money” with Katherine Heigl in 2010.
Footage shot here in fall 2012 will be used to help the movie, which takes place from the late 1940s to late ’70s, establish different seasons. “American Pastoral” is expected to film here for 40 days.
Phillip Noyce, who directed Angelina Jolie in “Salt,” Michael Caine in “The Quiet American” and Kenneth Branagh in “Rabbit-Proof Fence” among other projects, will direct the movie.
John Romano, who wrote the screenplay for “The Lincoln Lawyer” based on Michael Connelly’s successful courtroom thriller about an attorney operating out of the back of his Lincoln sedan, is adapting Roth’s book for the big screen. Lakeshore executives Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will produce “American Pastoral.”
The book, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1998, is about Swede Levov, a legendary athlete at his Newark high school (class of 1950) who grows up in the postwar boom, marries a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s factory.
But in 1968, the couple’s teenage daughter plants a homemade bomb in the village post office, a misguided and deadly attack on a symbol of the government during the Vietnam War. She disappears into something similar to the Weather Underground, and lives and dreams turn to ashes
(Photo shows Jennifer Connelly at the United Kingdom premiere of "Noah." Photo by Dave J. Hogan/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International.)