Lakeshore Entertainment has set Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly to co-star in the upcoming American Pastoral. Connelly joins Ewan McGregor in the Phillip Noyce film, which is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Phillip Roth.
American Pastoral follows Seymour “Swede” Levov (McGregor), a legendary high school athlete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen, Dawn (Connelly), and inherits his father’s business. Swede’s seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and commits a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.
“Jennifer Connelly is one of the great actresses of our time,” stated Lakeshore CEO, Tom Rosenberg. “We always wanted her to play ‘Dawn’ in American Pastoral and we’re thrilled to be working with her.”
American Pastoral’s adapted screenplay was written by John Romano (Lincoln Laywer) with filming scheduled for March 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA. American Pastoral will be produced by Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi.
Connelly, who won an Academy Award for her performance in Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind, starred earlier this year in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. She will next be seen in the Claudia Llosa’s Aloft and Shelter, the upcoming directing debut of her real-life husband, actor Paul Bettany.
Jennifer Connelly found working with her husband Paul Bettany “weirdly normal”.
The acting couple have been married for 11 years and shot his first film as a director, Shelter, together recently.
But Jennifer has revealed she wasn’t nervous about taking her husband’s direction.
“Working with [Paul] as a director was weirdly normal. I didn’t approach it with trepidation; it was an amazing experience,” she told Net-A-Porter’s The Edit magazine.
“We have been together for 11 years, which is almost like 50 in Hollywood years. I have a lot of respect for [my husband]. I miss him when he goes away to work.”
Jennifer and Paul met on the set of 2001 film A Beautiful Mind.
They married on New Year’s Day in 2003 and their first child Stellan was born later that year.
Jennifer already had a son called Kai from a previous relationship with photographer David Dugan.
Then in May 2011, Jennifer gave birth to the couple’s second child, daughter Agnes.
And having a little girl to add to her brood has been one of the best things that ever happened to Jennifer.
“We waited so long to have a third because our boys are so great, healthy and clever and good, but then Agnes was born and everything is so much fuller and I am so madly in love, as are the boys. It has only made the dynamic richer,” she explained.
Returning to acting after the birth of Agnes was a shock to the 43-year-old.
“I noticed a huge shift from when I ducked out to have a baby when I was 39 – all of a sudden I had crossed over into another dimension. I was reading scripts for mothers of 20-year-olds. I was like, ‘Wow!’ It’s like some magic number you hit. It was surprising.”
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