American Pastoral Adds David Strathairn, Peter Riegert, Uzo Aduba and Valorie Curry

Posted by at 11:24 am on September 3, 2015

David Strathairn

Lakeshore Entertainment announced additional casting on American Pastoral with David Strathairn as “Nathan Zuckerman,” Peter Riegert as “Lou Levov,” Uzo Aduba as “Vicky” and Valorie Curry as “Rita Cohen.” The film adaptation, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel written by Philip Roth also stars Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning, with McGregor directing.

The story follows Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. Swede’s seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.

American Pastoral’s adapted screenplay was written by John Romano (Lincoln Lawyer) with filming scheduled for September 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA. The film will be produced by Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi.

Strathairn won the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival and earned nominations from the Academy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and Independent Spirit Awards for his compelling portrait of legendary CBS news broadcaster Edward R. Murrow in George Clooney’s Oscar-nominated drama Good Night, and Good Luck. He won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in the HBO project, Temple Grandin, and was nominated for his portrayal of John Dos Passos in HBO’s Hemingway and Gellhorn. He was most recently seen in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Riegert, who has starred in iconic films such as Animal House, Local Hero and Crossing Delancey, can currently be seen on David Simon’s new HBO mini-series “Show Me a Hero” as well as Dennis Leary’s “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.” Aduba has won both Screen Actors Guild and Emmy awards for her role in Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” which also earned her a Golden Globe nomination. She will be seen next in NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” Curry is known for her roles on “The Following,” “House of Lies” and Twilight.

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