Nicholas Hoult searches for the truth in fiction in the new trailer for the upcoming J.D. Salinger biopic from screenwriter/director Danny Strong.
“Rebel In The Rye” stars Hoult as the Great American novelist and follows the reclusive author’s journey from aspiring writer to the man who created the literary masterpiece, “The Catcher In The Rye.”
The film, written and directed by Strong, is based on the book “J. D. Salinger: A Life” by Kenneth Slawenski, and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2017. Strong, who is also an actor known for his roles in “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Gilmore Girls,” previously wrote the screenplays for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and 2” and the TV series “Empire.”
“Rye” takes us through Salinger’s upbringing, including his difficult relationship with his father, his mentorship from professor Whit Burnett (Kevin Spacey), and his involvement in World War 2 and the PTSD he suffered upon returning home.
“I’ve always found fiction more truthful than reality,” he says in the trailer, as he toils over his work, striving to find his voice while struggling with self-doubt. “I don’t think I’m cut out for this,” he tells Burnett at one point.
But his experiences on the battlefield and the creation of Holden Caulfield, one of literature’s most iconic characters of all time, keeps the troubled writer persevering. “Pages of this book were with me when I stormed the beaches at Normandy,” he says. “I don’t think I’d be alive if it wasn’t for this book.”
“Rebel In The Rye” opens in theatres September 15 and also stars Lucy Boynton, Sarah Paulson, Zoey Deutch, James Urbaniak, Hope Davis, and Victor Garber. Watch the trailer above.