Ewan McGregor

When Ewan McGregor originally signed up for American Pastoral, it was only to star in the adaptation of Philip Roth‘s novel. At the time, The Quiet American and The Giver director Phillip Noyce was attached to helm the drama. But for whatever reason, McGregor ended up in the director’s chair. The actor had been interested in directing for a while, and he finally took his chance with this adaptation, which had been in the works for over a decade.

Below, watch the American Pastoral trailer.

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Indignation

At 24, Logan Lerman‘s already built up a damn impressive career. He’s done the franchise thing with Percy Jackson, checked off the “YA adaptation” box with Perks of Being a Wallflower, and worked with filmmakers like David Ayer (Fury), Darren Aronofsky (Noah), and James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma). Now he’s back this summer in Indignation, the directing debut of The Ice Storm and Hulk screenwriter James Schamus.

Based on the novel by Philip Roth, the drama stars Lerman as a working class Jewish boy attending a Christian college in Ohio. Between his religious convictions and his romance with fellow student Olivia (Sarah Gadon), who’s got some troubles of her own, he fits in like a square peg in a round hole. Our own Ethan Anderton caught Indignation at Sundance, and he loved it so much he’s even quoted in the first Indignation trailer, which you can watch below.  Read More »

Humbling trailer

Al Pacino shows up in two big festival films this year: David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, and The Humbling from Barry Levinson. Here’s a first The Humbling trailer, in which Pacino plays an aging actor who embarks upon an affair with a younger woman (Greta Gerwig) after he has a minor breakdown. OK, maybe not such a minor one.

If that sounds like it should really be Woody Allen material, keep in mind that the film is an adaptation of the novel by Philip Roth, who could almost be considered Allen’s literary twin. Pacino picked up rights to the novel, reunited with Levinson, his You Don’t Know Jack director, and got Buck Henry and Michal Zebede to script. Check out Pacino in the first The Humbling trailer below. Read More »

Ewan McGregor American Pastoral

Even as he puts the finishing touches on The Giver, Phillip Noyce is making some progress on his next film. Ewan McGregor has been confirmed to lead American Pastoral, the long-gestating adaptation of the Philip Roth novel. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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