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Ewan McGregor Joins HBO’s CORRECTIONS Pilot, From GREENBERG Writer-Director Noah Baumbach!!

Published at: Nov. 23, 2011, 4:44 a.m. CST

I am – Hercules!!

Ewan McGregor (“Angels & Demons,” “I Love You Phillip Morris,” “The Men Who Stare At Goats”) has just been cast as Chip in “The Corrections,” based on the 2001 novel by Jonathan Franzen.

I’m excited about this proposed series generally because it comes from one of my favorite filmmakers, Noah Baumbach, the writer behind “Kicking and Screaming” (not the Will Ferrell one), “The Life Aquatic,” “The Squid and the Whale,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Greenberg.”

The sprawling book is about the three adult children of an ailing retired railroad engineer – a failed academic and his two more successful siblings – who eventually converge on the family home in Iowa for one last Christmas dinner.  McGregor will play the failed academic.

Chris Cooper and Diane Wiest were previously cast as the parents..

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  • Nov. 23, 2011, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Ewan McGregor's American accents are generally awful

    by alan_poon

    They always take me out of the films he tries them in. Can't he do a Sean Connery and just use his own?

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Ewan McGregor gotta eat

    by rakesh patel

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Well if Oprah said the book's good, I'm in!

    by i_got_worms

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Had no idea this was going to HBO.

    by beastie

    I enjoyed the book and think that the writer and casting, so far, is great. The idea to make this a series, rather than a mini-series is strange to me. Anyway, I'm on board and look forward to the show.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Ewan McGregor belongs on the big screen

    by MorganLeafy

    Oh Ewan, you're not going the Mark Hamil route, are you? That being said, I haven't read the Corrections but Freedom was an excellent book.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    I've read The Corrections

    by Aquatarkusman

    An interesting read, kind of an updated Death of a Salesman. Not sure why it would be a series, though.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    I think Roger Ebert says:

    by gerrit4

    Generally, a good book makes a bad movie, a bad book makes a good movie. I read this book and it is wonderfully written IMO, full of metaphors, imagery, etc. But the story and dialogue are not what make it great. That being said, I'd give it a shot.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Ewan's American Accent....

    by pumaman

    Is absolutely horrible, not as bad as Jason Stathams terrible, terrible attempts, but pretty Goddamn bad. They both need to take lessons from Andrew Lincoln from The Walking Dead, who is pretty fucking amazing.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Talkbackers already beat me to it

    by Bass Ackwards

    I like McGregor, I hate his American accent. But I remember reading they were thinking of Anthony Hopkins for the father role, which is also pretty wrong. So oh well.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    not to be a hater but doesnt sound very interesting... PREACHER PLZ

    by AshokForgiven

    PREACHER. NOW.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Who are Franzen novels geared towards?

    by Detective_Fingerling

    I thought the Freedom cover and synopsis were pretty decent, but being on Oprah's radar turned me off from it. I read pretty much every genre, but I generally try and stay away from anything geared towards women or older people - I'm 30.

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Don't let Oprah turn you off of everything...

    by Nice Marmot

    ...she picked The Road as well...

  • Nov. 23, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    detective_fingerling

    by flclhack

    Franzen actually had the same concerns you did. That having an Oprah sticker on his book would bring the stigma, which it obviously has. His Wikipedia page has more info. Also, his books are for everybody. They're absolutely fantastic, though a bit heavy in places.

  • Nov. 24, 2011, 2:27 a.m. CST

    McGregor is awfull..

    by paul burnett

    .. sorry but he is one bad actor,everything he touches turns to shit. trainspotting and shallowgrave were awesome in spite of him, i'm sure he's a nice person but think about his movies.. he's the scottish mathew broderick possesing the paranormal ability to get cast in big movies opposite big names, and then dragging them down to his level of mediocraty he's the kiss of fuckin death. The rumour that he's gonna cameo as renton in the upcoming Filth with james mcevoy and jamie bell has me worried, would much rather see millers sickboy or bremners spud show up

  • Fuck the magical allure of Big Screen blah blah blah. I'd rather see them more on TV shows in larger chunks than just in movies every once in awhile. I've been a McGreggor fan since Trainspotting so I'm in. Too bad apparently there's still some anger between him at Danny Boyle over getting strung along with the movie The Beach so it probably won't happen.

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Ewan hasn't recovered from the hell that was the SW prequels ...

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    Like us he KNOWS how bad they were ... and how good they could/should have been. When he was first cast he was probably ready to build his entire career around being the young Obi-Wan ... Now its something he probably tries to forget on a daily basis.

  • The man basically earned his paycheque for the entire series in that one lightsaber fight at the end of Sith, but he was so good in it (they both were, if only just from a technical perspective they were actually fighting that goddamn fast for reals) that you can forgive him looking sleepy throughout the earlier movies. (although I think before that scene my favourite bit is him with Christopher Reeve from Clones. He looks rather miffed but still keeps his cool.)

  • Was Reeve still alive when they shot Clones? Quite a different movie if he had played Dooku.