For the first time in fourteen years, Ewen McGregor is returning to scripted television.
According to Deadline, HBO has signed McGregor to costar in the upcoming upcoming drama pilot, "The Corrections." Based upon Jonathan Franzen's novel of the same name, "The Corrections" chronicles the story of an elderly midwestern couple, Alfred and Enid Lambert as well as their three adult children as they look back upon their lives before spending one last Christmas together near the turn of the millennium.
McGregor will portray Chip, the second oldest child who is described as "a Marxist academic who lost his tenure-track position over an affair with a student" before falling into the employ of a Lithuanian crime boss. Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest have previously signed on to play Alfred and Enid, respectively. The roles of the oldest son, Gary and the daughter, Denise have yet to be filled.
The last time that McGregor appeared on TV (other than a documentary or a talk show) was a memorable turn on "ER" in 1997 that earned him an Emmy Award Nomination for outstanding guest actor. However, McGregor is probably best known for his starring roles in "Moulin Rouge!", "Trainspotting," "Big Fish" (pictured above), Angels & Demons and the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy.
McGregor will also be appearing in the upcoming films, "Jack the Giant Killer," "Haywire" and "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen." If "The Corrections" goes to series it will be McGregor's first regular TV series gig.
"The Corrections" pilot is being adapted by Franzen and Noah Baumbach, who is also slated to direct the pilot. Both Baumbach and Franzen are also executive producing the project alongside Scott Rudin.
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