On October 13, Ewan McGregor attended a special screening of “American Pastoral” in Beverly Hills. Over 300 high-quality images are now up in the gallery.
EMPIRE – After his voice popped up in The Force Awakens for all of 0.32 seconds, many have wondered how Ewan McGregor could re-enter the post-George Lucas Star Wars realm. The actor, too, seems curious as to how that might work.
While doing the rounds for his directorial debut American Pastoral, McGregor got chatting about the franchise. “I’ve always thought there was a story to tell between my last one and Alec Guinness’ first one,” the actor said.
In the prequels, Obi-Wan was last seen handing baby Luke over to his Tatooine-based step-parents. In the originals? Well, we all know how that ended for him… “It would be fun to film that story now I’m older. I’d be the right age. I’m 45, Alec Guinness was what, 60? I could do two of them (laughs).” The character certainly has the time to play with. Personally we like the idea of Ben and Boga creating havoc in Stewjon.
McGregor clearly loves the franchise, hoping that the future films will “explore different genres under the Star Wars banner. And one of those could be an Obi-Wan Kenobi feature film. Or two! The Obi Wan Kenobi Story Part 1 and 2!” Could McGregor also be considered to direct a Ben standalone? We’ll have to wait and see.
The promotional tour for “American Pastoral” stopped off in Rome yesterday, and over 250 photos of Ewan McGregor and co-star Jennifer Connelly have now been added to the gallery.
The promotional tour for “American Pastoral” continued yesterday, with Ewan McGregor and co-star Jennifer Connelley attending the film’s premiere as part of the Hamburg Film Festival. High-quality images from the event are now up in the gallery. Remember to follow us @EwanOnline on Twitter to get the latest news and events.
Pictures of Ewan McGregor and Jennifer Connelley from the “American Pastoral” premiere at the 12th Zurich Film Festival Premiere are now up in the gallery.
DIGITAL SPY – We’re already excited for the return of The Graham Norton Show this Friday, but now we’ve got the details about next week’s episode.
The legendary Danny DeVito was already confirmed for the October 7 show, alongside comedian and actress Miranda Hart, OG Jurassic Park star Sam Neill, and comedian John Bishop.
But there is one new addition that has just been announced.
Hollywood star Ewan McGregor will be joining Graham’s star-filled sofa that night, no doubt looking to promote his new movie American Pastoral, which he stars in and directs.
American Pastoral is based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Philip Roth, and centres on a man in the 1960s whose life falls apart after his daughter’s new radical political affiliation threatens to destroy their family.
Earlier on this afternoon, Ewan McGregor and co-star Jennifer Connelly attended the San Sebastian Film Festival for the “American Pastoral” photocall and press conference. Over 100 images from both events are now up in the gallery.
DEADLINE – Ewan McGregor has been set as the recipient of the Humanitarian Award at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards which are organized by BAFTA Los Angeles. McGregor, whose feature directing debut American Pastoral just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, is being given the Humanitarian Award in recognition of his work with UNICEF.
The actor-director recently traveled to northern Iraq to see how the conflicts sweeping across the area are affecting children’s lives. He “is using his platform to bring awareness” to the horrors facing the children, says BAFTA LA. The org noted he has worked with UNICEF to help provide life-saving food and water, protection services, and healthcare to families in need.
“Ewan McGregor is not only a multi-talented individual, but has led by example in showing that even one person can make a huge difference in the life of a child,” said Kieran Breen, Chairman of BAFTA LA. “Given his most recent work in Iraq, and ongoing commitment to the fight against the horrific conditions in which children there are living, he is most deserving of this honor. We are thrilled to be able to recognize his work and shed light on the initiatives about which he is most passionate.”
McGregor broke out in Danny Boyle’s 1996 cult hit Trainspotting and recently reprised his role as Renton in Boyle’s Trainspotting 2 alongside Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle. Sony releases February 3 next year. The following month, Disney releases the live-action Beauty And The Beast in which McGregor plays Lumière. Among his long list of feature credits are The Pillow Book, Velvet Goldmine, Young Adam, Big Fish, I Love You Philip Morris, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen and Moulin Rouge (scoring Golden Globe nominations for the latter two films). He also donned Jedi robes to play the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
He’s currently in political thriller Our Kind Of Traitor and soon begins production on FX’s Fargo. He’ll play brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy in the Season 3 anthology which is set to air in 2017.
McGregor’s American Pastoral is based on Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. He stars opposite Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning with Lionsgate releasing October 21.
Idris Elba, Richard Curtis, Don Cheadle, Colin Firth, Mark Ruffalo and Orlando Bloom are previous Humanitarian Award recipients. Other 2016 Britannia Awards honorees in various categories include Ang Lee, Samuel L Jackson and Ricky Gervais.
The awards evening is BAFTA’s big night out in Hollywood which honors individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the U.S., UK and beyond. Proceeds from the gala ceremony support BAFTA Los Angeles’ ongoing education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects. This year’s ceremony takes place October 28 at the Beverly Hilton and will be hosted by Jack Whitehall.
High-quality images from the TIFF press conference for “American Pastoral” are now up in the gallery – there’s been a lot of updates over there in the past few days!
You can watch the TIFF Press Conference for Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut “American Pastoral” in full below. Images from the conference will be up shortly.
It’s a cool gray day in July, and I’m climbing a dormant volcano with Ewan McGregor. We’re halfway up Arthur’s Seat, a rocky summit that looms over Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town. Robert Louis Stevenson once described this promontory as “a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design,” which is Scottish for “steep as shite.” I’m already winded. McGregor is as chipper as a puppy going for its morning walk. When I stop to catch my breath and soak up the view, he flashes me a grin—that terrific, lupine Ewan McGregor grin—and announces that he can already see tomorrow morning’s tabloid headline: EWAN KILLS JOURNO AT LAST. He tips his head back, laughing, and pats me on the sweaty shoulder. Then he gambols up the stony path.
In Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, McGregor hardly needs to kill an out-of-shape journalist to get tabloid attention. He’s here filming the sequel to Trainspotting, the 1996 film that put him on the map as an actor, and the city is pulling for the cast and crew as if they were Scotland’s World Cup team. The original Trainspotting, a black comedy about a cluster of criminally hapless heroin addicts, is beloved here, as it is across Great Britain. (London’s The Observer named it the best British film of the last twenty-five years.) Photographs from the sequel’s shooting fill the front pages of Edinburgh’s newspapers. Teeming crowds gather around roped-off set locations. “I’ve never seen the like of it,” McGregor says about the mania. “People just standing there with a million cell phones, you know?”
The gallery has just been updated with 921 screen captures of Ewan McGregor as Perry from his 2016 film “Our Kind of Traitor”. Directed by Susanna White and based on the novel by John le Carré, the film follows couple Perry and Gail (McGregor and Naomie Harris) who finds themselves lured into a Russian oligarch’s plans to defect, and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust.
Last night, the Toronto International Film Festival premiered Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut, “American Pastoral”. 96 high-quality images from the event are now up in the gallery.
Ewan McGregor recently did an interview (and photoshoot) for Bloomberg Pursuits, where he talks about directing, motorcycles and making it to 45. The gallery has been updated with the new photoshoot images, along with the cover for the article and a shot of him behind the scenes directing “American Pastoral”. You can read the interview in full here.