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Nicholas Hoult to Play J.D. Salinger in New Biopic

Thee famously reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger, will be portrayed by British actor Nicholas Hoult in a new biopic. The 25-year-old Hoult is known for his roles in About a Boy and Mad Max: Fury Road. His most recent film is Dark Places, an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel of the same nameThe Hollywood Reporter broke the story.

The new film is titled Rebel in the Rye, and it’s based on Kenneth Slawenski’s biography J.D. Salinger: A Life. Slawenski’s book examines Salinger’s life up through 1951, when the author published The Catcher in the Rye. Salinger’s own life mirrored that of his famous protagonist, Holden Caulfield: Salinger was a child of privilege and was, by his own account, as trouble and vulnerable as Caulfield is in the book. Like Slawenski’s book, the new film will draw connections between Salinger’s life and the famous novel that he produced.

Rebel in the Rye isn’t the only Salinger biopic that’s in the works – The Weinstein Company is planning to produce a picture by Shane Salerno, who wrote a bestselling biography of Salinger and also directed a documentary. That project has been in development since 2013. J.D. Salinger, who famously avoided interviews and lived as a recluse in New Hampshire, died in 2010 at the age of 91.

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