It’s clear that Nicholas Hoult is continuing the upswing of his career as Variety reports the actor will be playing famed author J.D. Salinger in a biopic on the author’s life called Rebel in the Rye. The film will be based on the book “J.D. Salinger: A Life” by Kenneth Slawenski, which chronicles Salinger’s life and secrets while covering the birth of the author’s high school essential read “The Catcher in the Rye.”
Alex Walton of Bloom, the production and financing company that will introduce the film to buyers at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival says that “’The Catcher in the Rye’ is a classic coming-of-age story which continues to make a significant impression six generations later.”
The film will be directed by Danny Strong who will also be writing the screenplay. Strong, best known as Jonathan Levinson in the cult show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has had enormous success in the past two years. He has written the screenplays for The Butler as well as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. He is also the co-creator of the popular show, Empire.
Nicholas Hoult is currently working on X-Men: Apocalypse as Hank McCoy/Beast, and will next be seen in the comedy thriller Kill Your Friends, which will see its North American premiere at TIFF. Just this year alone, Hoult has starred in two high profile films: the Gillian Flynn adaptation Dark Places and the George Miller directed phenomenon Mad Max: Fury Road.