JD Salinger, writer of Catcher in the Rye and frequent guest of talk shows, morning shows, reality television shows, and creator of his own YouTube Vlog “The Maker of the Wry” is getting his own movie called Rebel in the Rye. Amazingly enough, he won’t appear in this one since he died in 2010.
Instead, Salinger will be played by Nicholas Hoult, star of Mad Max: Fury Road and some X-Men movies. The film is based on Kenneth Slawenski’s biography of Salinger, JD Salinger: A Life, and apparently will focus on how he came to write The Catcher in the Rye, while probably ignoring all his other books.
Whether Hoult can pull off portraying a real life personality pretty much everyone in America with a television grew up with remains to be seen. The film, which will be written and directed by Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Danny Strong, obviously won’t be out for a while.