Meet J.D. Salinger in Coming Through the Rye

Holden Caulfield is one of the most contested characters from classic literature. On the one hand, J.D. Salinger’s coming-of-age novel, The Catcher in the Rye, has a cult following. On the other hand, people detest the main character. Many call Holden obnoxious and pretentious. In the upcoming film, Coming Through the Rye, Jamie (Alex Wolf), a 16-year-old teen, falls into the ‘cult following’ category. 

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Jamie, who’s just a year younger than Holden Caulfield, feels a connection with the fictional character and longs to play him in a stage adaptation of Salinger’s story. He must get permission from the author before he can produce the play at his Pennsylvania prep school. Thus begins a coming-of-age adventure- to New Hampshire. 

The film is based on “director James Sadwith’s own journey as a high schooler to meet the reclusive author,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Chris Cooper stars as J.D. Salinger. Sadwith discussed directing Cooper as Salinger:

Salinger, as we all know, was an author who zealously stayed out of the spotlight and guarded his privacy. Chris, coincidentally, is also a very private person, who has eschewed celebrity and Hollywood…He didn’t have to act that. It just naturally emanates from him. Chris is shy and kind. And although Salinger could be brusque and irritable, I sensed a kindness in him — and experienced that. Chris was able to convey all that so naturally.

Take a peek at the movie and Cooper’s excellent acting with this clip from THR

Coming Through the Rye is now in theaters.


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