“The Catcher in the Rye” is a novel that has influenced generations of teens since its release in 1951. Adding to the mystique around the novel of the years, was the reclusiveness of its author, J.D. Salinger, and his reluctance to ever let the “The Catcher in the Rye” become adapted for the screen or stage. This drives the narrative for the upcoming film, “Coming Through the Rye.”
The film sees Alex Wolff playing 16-year-old Jamie who is greatly influenced by the novel and its main character Holden Caulfield. He joins forces with a friend and leaves his prep school to find J.D. Salinger — played by Chris Cooper — to get his permission to adapt the novel for the stage. Here’s the official synopsis:
Based on the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker’s own true story, 16-year-old Jamie Schwartz (Alex Wolff) wants desperately to be a worldly adolescent. Unhappy at his all-boys boarding school, his life raft is the belief that he will someday play Holden Caulfield—the complex and alienated main character from the iconic novel The Catcher in the Rye—on Broadway and in the movies. He adapts the novel as a play and runs away to the mountains of New Hampshire to search for the book’s reclusive author, JD Salinger (Academy Award-winner Chris Cooper). Along the way he is picked up by a local girl, DeeDee Gorlin (Stefania Owen). Their odyssey and the events that follow are a journey into the meanings of friendship, sex, love, and loss.
“Coming Through the Rye” is written and directed by James Sadwith, based on his own experience trying to meet J.D. Salinger. Along with Wolff and Cooper, the film stars Stefania Owen and Adrian Pasdar, and will open on October 14th.