Jennifer Connelly, even after her movies Noah and Aloft, is in pre-production for a new film — set to release sometime in 2016. However, until then, Jennifer’s feet are moving as she continues to work alongside an all-star cast.
— IMDb (@IMDb) January 27, 2015
As noted on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), Connelly is accompanied by Ewan McGregor and Dakota Fanning. Interestingly enough for Jennifer, while McGregor is part of the acting cast, he is also the movie’s director. Pretty cool?
Well, this new movie in which Connelly has her role is titled American Pastoral. According to IMDb, the proposed plot is as follows.
“Set in postwar America, a man watches his seemingly perfect life fall apart as his daughter’s new political affiliation threatens to destroy their family.”
Jennifer’s movies generally have deep plots and story lines. The aforementioned plot summary seems to offer very little.
This film is actually based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel from 1997 by Philip Roth. On Amazon, there is a better synopsis for the story and it renders as follows.
“As the American century draws to an uneasy close, Philip Roth gives us a novel of unqualified greatness that is an elegy for all our century’s promises of prosperity, civic order, and domestic bliss. Roth’s protagonist is Swede Levov, a legendary athlete at his Newark high school, who grows up in the booming postwar years to marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit his father’s glove factory, and move into a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. And then one day in 1968, Swede’s beautiful American luck deserts him.”
“For Swede’s adored daughter, Merry, has grown from a loving, quick-witted girl into a sullen, fanatical teenager—a teenager capable of an outlandishly savage act of political terrorism. And overnight Swede is wrenched out of the longer-for American pastoral and into the indigenous American berserk. Compulsively readable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters, this is Roth’s masterpiece.”
Not that movies ever follow their source material to the “T,” but it’s possibly to foresee Fanning playing her part well, right? Though information is limited, what is known is that the script for this film was written as far back as 2006 — or possibly even before — and its filming location is set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
By mention of the “Trivia” section in the same IMDb source, Jennifer had possibly dropped out from the role at one point. It states as follows.
“Paul Bettany was cast as Swedee, Jennifer Connelly as his wife and Evan Rachel Woodas their daughter. All dropped out in 2004, after the movie spend many years in development. After 10 years, Connelly returned in the lead role, alongside Ewan McGregor.”
Though little is mentioned about Jennifer’s role as the wife, it’s expected that she will perform her part well.
What are your thoughts on Connelly’s movies? Do you like them? Do you consider her a talented actress?
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