One of the most mysterious icons of fiction, J.D. Salinger, is now the subject of a new biopic based on his life in the lead up to creating his celebrated novel The Catcher In The Rye. The film, called Rebel In The Rye, features British actor Nicholas Hoult as Salinger, alongside Kevin Spacey, who plays the young writer’s mentor Whit Burnett.
The intrigue surrounding Salinger is largely due to the fact that after his huge success in earlier years, he lived a very secluded life until his death in 2010 at his home in New Hampshire, notoriously averse to interviews and publicity. Rebel In The Rye focuses on the events in Salinger’s life that lead to his seminal work, and more interestingly, the links between his own character and experience with that of Holden Caufield, the New York elite protagonist of Catcher in the Rye who embodied the torment of adolescence so renowned in the book.
In the trailer we see Salinger’s struggle to find his voice as a writer as well as the haunting experience of fighting in World War II that all contributed to making him one of America’s most celebrated modern authors.
The film will be out in cinemas on 15th September.