While the mystique of Harper Lee was somewhat compromised by the publication of her “new novel” “Go Set A Watchman,” an air of mystery still hangs strong around J.D. Salinger. Two years ago, the documentary and book “Salinger” tried to peel back the layers obscuring the author of “The Catcher In The Rye,” and a new feature film will attempt to bring him to life.
Nicholas Hoult will star as the reclusive author in “The Rebel In The Rye.” Danny Strong, the writer behind “Recount,” “The Butler” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” will make his feature directing debut with a drama that will follow Salinger through his rebellious youth, the bloody front lines of World War II, his enduring great loves and terrible loss, his halcyon days in the pages of the New Yorker, and the PTSD-fueled writer’s block which led to a spiritual awakening. The source material is Kenneth Slawenski biography, “J.D. Salinger: A Life.”
No word yet on when production will begin, but pre-sales will be happening at Toronto International Film Festival.