According to Deadline, McGregor will play Chip, the middle child of a elderly Midwestern couple (played by Chris Cooper and Diane Wiest). Based on the Jonathan Frazen book, the show follows the troubles of Cooper and Wiest's characters and their three adult children throughout time as they age. McGregor's character is an academic who becomes an employee of a crime boss after he loses his tenure-track position following an affair with a student.
Frazen co-wrote the script with Baumbach. Baumbach is attached to direct the pilot.
Cooper recently told Moviefone he's looking forward to the project.
"Yeah, I'm very excited," he said in an interview promoting 'The Muppets.' "Boy, this is a brilliant book that Jonathan [Franzen] wrote and it's going to be a terrific challenge. 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."
McGregor's other TV credits include an episode of 'ER,' 'Tales From the Crypt' and several UK miniseries including 'The Scarlet and the Black.'
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