The 43-year-old Scotsman will make his feature directorial debut on a long-gestating adaptation of Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize winner "American Pastoral," Lakeshore Entertainment announced Wednesday.
McGregor was set to star opposite
Filming is scheduled to start in September in Pittsburgh.
In front of the camera, McGregor will play Seymour "Swede" Levov, a former high school athletic star who grows up to marry a beauty queen and inherits his father's business, only to see his family life thrown into chaos by the political upheavals of the late 1960s.
McGregor has long alternated between edgy indie fare and mainstream entertainments. He recently appeared in a Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing," the
"I've wanted to direct for years and wanted to wait until I found a story that I 'had' to tell," McGregor said in the announcement for "American Pastoral." "And in this script I knew I had found that story."