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Dakota Fanning Joins American Pastoral
Blowing it up in the Philip Roth adaptation

07 August 2014  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: The Wrap

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American literary titan Philip Roth, the Gojira to Don DeLillo’s Mothra, is one of those few famous writers largely untroubled by Hollywood. Until now, that is. Phillip Noyce is working to bring one of his greatest books, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Pastoral, to the screen and has added Dakota Fanning to a cast roster than already includes Ewan McGregor and Jennifer Connelly.

Set during the Vietnam War years, American Pastoral follows Seymour ‘Swede’ Levov (McGregor), a once all-conquering high-school athlete, who’s married to a beauty queen (Connelly) and runs the business he’s inherited from his dad. All seems well in Swede’s world until his daughter Merry (Fanning) joins the countercultural clamour of the time, signing up as a revolutionary and committing a fatal act of violence that throws all their lives into chaos.

Noyce, who inherited the project from Fisher Stevens (Stand Up Guys), has been a part of the Hollywood mainstream since emerging from the Aussie new wave of the 1970s, turning out thrillers (Clear And Present Danger) and dramas (The Quiet American) of reliable class. It’s the latter, an adaptation of Graham Greene’s Vietnam novel, that bodes best for Roth fans. With Michael Caine in the lead, it was full of subtlety and the nuance of its period. American Pastoral, a family tale set during the same tumultuous times, will demand a similarly deft touch.

Doing the actual adapting is John Romano, the screenwriter behind Matthew McConaughey thriller The Lincoln Lawyer and super-soppy romance Nights In Rodanthe. He’ll be hoping to improve on the most recent movie adaptations of Roth’s work, 2008's Elegy (based on The Dying Animal) and 2003's The Human Stain.

Fanning will head to Pittsburgh when production kicks off in March next year. In the meantime she has Emma Thompson's Effie and Errol Flynn biopic The Last Of Robin Hood to keep her busy.

McGregor, whose hits and misses you can read all about here, has John le Carré thriller Our Kind Of Traitor underway and will pop up alongside Johnny Depp in David Koepp’s Mortdecai


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