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Faces & Names: Connelly signs on for ‘American Pastoral’

Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly will co-star opposite Ewan McGregor in the upcoming adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel “American Pastoral.”

“American Pastoral” follows Seymour “Swede” Levov (McGregor), a legendary high school athlete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen (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,” said Lakeshore CEO Tom Rosenberg. “We always wanted her to play Dawn in ‘American Pastoral’ and we’re thrilled to be working with her.”

Connelly won an Oscar for “A Beautiful Mind” and recently starred in Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah.”