Nicholas Hoult Cast as J.D. Salinger in Rebel in the Rye

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Warning! This post might remind you of high school when The Catcher in the Rye was the most popular choice for required reading.

The life of infamously reclusive writer J.D. Salinger comes to the big screen in Rebel in the Rye, a film directed and written by Danny Strong, who adapted the screenplay from Kenneth Slawenski’s biography J.D. Salinger: A Life. Strong is known for Fox’s Empire, as well as his screenplays for the two-part film finale of The Hunger Games. (I can’t help but imagine Salinger would have been an excellent contender in The Hunger Games; he’s skilled at laying low).

Variety reports that Nicholas Hoult (once the adorable young star in About a Boy, now the grown-up hunk in the X-Men films) will play Salinger. The film will chronicle the author’s “rebellious youth, his experiences on the bloody front lines of World War II, enduring great love and terrible loss…” which all resulted in the creation of his iconic coming-of-age-in-New-York-novel, The Catcher in the Rye.

As Entertainment Weekly reports, Bloom Media will be introducing the project to foreign buyers at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival (September 10–20th), while CAA is representing North American rights.

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