Elusive and reclusive during his lifetime, author J.D. Salinger is proving to be just the same after his death. Despite a high profile documentary (“Salinger“), and one indie drama (“Coming Through The Rye“), no one has really unlocked the enigma of the highly influential author. But it’s not without trying, as another movie is hoping to offer some insight into the man who created Holden Caulfield and the Glass family.
Nicholas Hoult stars as Salinger in “Rebel In The Rye,” which tracks the author’s relationship with a young actress, and how WWII altered the course of his career. Here’s the synopsis from Sundance where the movie premiered earlier this year.
This chronicle of one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers, J.D. Salinger, begins as he embarks on his writing career and enters into a tumultuous relationship with young starlet Oona O’Neill. What appears to be a promising start to a career turns into a nightmare when the United States enters World War II. After enlisting, Salinger experiences the horrors of war across the battlefields of Europe, where he begins to pen what would become his iconic novel, The Catcher in the Rye—a work that would forever change the country and its author.
Co-starring Kevin Spacey, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Sarah Paulson, Hope Davis, and Victor Garber, “Rebel In The Rye” opens on September 15th.