Casting: McGregor, Hardrict, Jeong, Nielsen

American Pastoral
Ewan McGregor will star in Phillip Noyce’s long-gestating film adaptation of Philip Roth’s acclaimed novel “American Pastoral”

McGregor would play Seymour ‘Swede’ Levov, a blonde Jewish businessman living in New Jersey whose ordinary life is disturbed by the chaos of the 1960s under Lyndon B Johnson’s presidency. [Source: Digital Spy]

Cory Hardrict (“Battlefield Los Angeles,” “Transcendence”) will join James Badge Dale in Nic Mathieu’s supernatural action thriller “Spectral” for Legendary Pictures.

The story follows on a special-ops team that fights supernatural beings who’ve taken over New York City. John Gatins penned a recent re-write of the script by George Nolfi. [Source: THR]

International Incident
Ken Jeong is attached to star in the comedy “International Incident” for Summit Entertainment. Steve Carell is in negotiations to produce.

Former “Daily Show” head writer David Javerbaum is penning the screenplay which revolves around five United Nations delegates who embark on a road trip to find one of their lost loves. [Source: THR]

The Runner
Connie Nielsen, Peter Fonda, Bryan Batt and Wendell Pierce are set to join Nicolas Cage and Sarah Paulson in Austin Stark’s “The Runner” for Paper Street Films and Back Lot Pictures.

The contemporary political drama takes place in the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill. Filming is set to commence in New Orleans on June 23. Benji Kohn, Bingo Gubelmann, Chris Papavasiliou and Erika Hampson are producing. [Source: Screen]