Kevin Spacey has been cast in Rebel in the Rye, a forthcoming biopic about reclusive author J.D. Salinger. According to GalleyCat, Spacey will play Professor Whit Burnett, an educator who mentored J.D. Salinger.
Professor Burnett was instrumental in the development of young Salinger’s talents. He challenged Salinger and inspired him to become better storyteller.
Spacey joins a cast that already includes Nicholas Hoult in the role of J.D. Salinger himself. So far, though, that’s all we know – only Spacey and Hoult have been confirmed as cast members for the picture. The film will be written and directed by Danny Strong.
Rebel in the Rye is an adaptation of the print biography J.D. Salinger: A Life by Kenneth Slawenski. The altered title is a nod to The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger’s most famous work. So far, no release date has been announced for the film.