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McGregor limbers up for new drama

Ewan McGregor is to star in drama American Pastoral.

The Scottish star will play Seymour 'Swede' Levov, a former high school athlete who seemingly has the perfect life after he marries a former beauty queen and inherits his father's business. His life shatters when his daughter commits a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.

Phillip Noyce will direct the big-screen adaptation of Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, from John Romano's screenplay, reported Variety.

Producer Tom Rosenberg said: "Phillip Noyce is an exceptionally talented filmmaker and we're excited to see him bring Philip Roth's great American classic to the big screen. 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."

American Pastoral is the first novel in Philip's American post-war trilogy, followed by I Married A Communist and Human Stain. The Human Stain was previously turned into a film in 2003, starring Nicole Kidman and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Filming on American Pastoral is scheduled to begin in March 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Ewan, last seen making a cameo in Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways To Die In The West, next stars in Australian crime thriller Son Of A Gun and Western Jane Got A Gun.

He is also starring alongside Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow in Mortdecai, and spy thriller Our Kind Of Traitor with Damian Lewis and Naomie Harris.

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