‘American Pastoral’ Premiere: Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut set to release next week
Lionsgate held the U.S. premiere for ‘American Pastoral’ this week, just a few days before the adaptation is set to release in theaters. The film will first open to a limited run beginning on October 21st, it will then open nationally on October 28, 2016.
The cast and crew came out to promote the film, including director and star Ewan McGregor. Also attending the event was McGregor’s co-stars, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning and Uzo Aduba. The film will also feature David Strathairn.
American Pastoral is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Philip Roth novel, which follows an all American family across several decades, as their idyllic existence is shattered by social and political turmoil that will change the fabric of American culture forever.
Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Beginners) makes his directorial debut and 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 daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family.
The studio teased the film stating, “What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the modern world around him: no American family will ever be the same.”
As we mentioned earlier the film also stars Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) as Dawn, Dakota Fanning (The Runaways, The Twilight Saga) as Merry, Emmy winner Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black), and Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (Lincoln, Good Night, and Good Luck). You can watch a few clips from the red-carpet below, as the cast talk about the upcoming drama and bringing the adaptation to the big-screen.
If you don’t live near the estimated 45 theaters hosting the limited-run next week, you can set a reminder to catch the film when it opens-wide domestically on the 28th.