Starry trio eye ‘Pastoral’

Thesp couple to head Noyce pic

Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly and Evan Rachel Wood are in negotiations to topline Lakeshore Entertainment’s “American Pastoral,” based on Philip Roth’s novel.

Bettany and Connelly, who are married, would portray the couple at the center of “American Pastoral” — Seymour “the Swede” Levov, a golden boy and star athlete, who becomes wealthy and marries the most beautiful woman in town. Wood, who starred in “Thirteen” and “The Missing,” will play his daughter, who breaks family ranks to become an anti-Vietnam War radical and bombs a post office.

The thesps, all repped by ICM, have been strong candidates for kudos during the current awards season: Bettany for “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” Connelly for “The House of Sand and Fog” and Wood for “Thirteen.”

Phillip Noyce, who directed “The Quiet American” and “Rabbit Proof Fence,” signed on to direct last summer after sparking to the script by John Romano.

Paramount and producer Lynda Obst began developing the project in 2000, but when the option lapsed, the author entrusted it to Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi.

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