November 22, 2011 19:52:10 GMT
Noah Baumbach is going full throttle in the casting for a drama about a family who trace their lives from the mid-20th century to 'one last Christmas' together near the turn of the millennium.
Ewan McGregor is the latest addition in HBO's drama pilot "The Corrections" which has previously cast Oscar winners Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest. McGregor will play one of the members in a dysfunctional Midwestern family.
Cooper and Wiest are teamed up as the elderly couple with three adult children, one of whom is named Chip. The middle child who is a Marxist academic losing his tenure-track position over an affair with a student will be played by McGregor. The character works for a Lithuanian crime boss defrauding American investors after leaving his old post.
Story is based on Jonathan Franzen's book of the same title. Cooper offered his take on the project, saying "We're going to see this family, the patriarch in the family, go from age 45 to his late 70s. And along the way he will be developing Parkinson's disease. But it's a terrific piece about a family unit. And, boy, somewhere along the way I think everybody will relate in one respect or the other."
Noah Baumbach and Franzen team to write the adaptation with Baumbach directing the pilot. Together with Scott Rudin, Baumbach and Franzen act as producers as well. No word yet on when HBO will premiere it.