Philip Roth has as many highly acclaimed books to his name as any other American novelist of his generation, few of them more beloved than “American Pastoral.” A film adaptation of his 1997 novel, which won the Pulitzer Prize, has thus been anticipated for nearly two decades now. It’s finally coming later this year, courtesy of a director you might not expect: Ewan McGregor, in his feature debut. Watch the movie’s first trailer below.
“I have dreamt of directing a feature for the last 15 years and never found the ‘right’ story,” McGregor tells Vanity Fair, who first premiered the trailer. “I wanted to direct, not for the sake of being a director, but because there was a story I had to tell. That story tells of a well-off businessman whose seemingly perfect life undergoes several changes for the worse throughout the 1960s. “I was a very happy man making this film,” McGregor adds, “and it is the film I wanted it to be.”
The first-time director also stars in the lead role, with Jennifer Connelly as his wife and Dakota Fanning as their daughter (who may or may not have blown up a post office — kids those days!). “American Pastoral” is set to be released on October 21.