Nicholas Hoult plays J.D. Salinger in the Rebel in the Rye trailer
Set in mid-century New York City, the biopic tells the story of J.D. Salinger (Nicholas Hoult) and the inspiration behind his creation of the American classic “The Catcher in the Rye” and its beloved lead character Holden Caulfield. The film sheds light on the events that shaped the young author, and some of the influential people who he meets in his pursuit of success – namely his mentor Whit Burnett (played by Kevin Spacey). With unwavering support from his mentor and colleagues (and with Holden always at his side) Salinger overcomes some of life’s greatest obstacles – from heartbreak to a brutal war with long-lasting impacts – eventually publishing the novel that propels him to fame. Despite the success he enjoys as an acclaimed author, we see how taxing the creative process can be, and watch as Salinger pays a very high price for his art. The film is as much about the pursuit of artistic expression and how far one will go for their passion, as it is the story of how J.D. Salinger created his masterpiece.
The cast includes Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men: Days of Futures Past), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards, American Beauty), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story, Carol), Brian D’Arcy James (Spotlight, Mozart in the Jungle), Victor Garber (Sicario, Milk), Zoey Deutch (Before I Fall, Why Him?) and Hope Davis (American Crime, Real Steel).
Written and Directed by Danny Strong and adapted from Kenneth Slawenski’s biography, “J.D. Salinger: A Life,” Rebel in the Rye is financed by Black Label Media with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill producing alongside Academy Award winner Bruce Cohen, Jason Shuman, and Strong.
The film is set to open on September 15.
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