Nicholas Hoult Is JD Salinger in ‘Rebel In the Rye’

By August 31, 2015

Fresh off his roles in X-Men: Days of Future Past last summer and Mad Max: Fury Road this summer, Nicholas Hoult is now adding a dramatic role to his lengthy resume as JD Salinger in director Danny Strong’s newly announced indie drama Rebel in the Rye. 

The project that Black Label Media is funding is an adaptation of Kenneth Slawenski’s biography “JD Salinger: A Life.” Thanks to a report from theWrap, we have a break down of the project:

“Rebel In the Rye” takes viewers on a journey into the life and mind of the legendary and secretive author JD Salinger and tells the story of the birth of “The Catcher In the Rye.” As the author who captivated a generation, Salinger soared to the heights of the literary world but left it all behind for a life of seclusion. Through his rebellious youth, the bloody front lines of World War II, enduring great love and terrible loss, a life of rejection to the pages of The New Yorker and the PTSD-fueled writer’s block which led to a spiritual awakening.

Danny Strong has made quite a name for himself over the past few years. He rocketed to Hollywood Heavy after nabbing Emmy noms for HBO’s Recount and Game Change, as well as penning Lee Daniel’s The Butler and most recent, both chapters of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2. Strong is also known for creating, with Daniel’s, the Fox Television show Empire; directing multiple episodes of the hit series.

The combination of Hoult and Strong signifies a great marriage of talent, both in the dramatic and blockbuster realm; and with the geeky credentials of Hunger Games, X-men and Mad Max respectively, audiences will no doubt eat up this pairing.

All that aside, the idea of a movie about, arguably, one of the most interesting and famous authors of all time, having a solid actor like Hoult (who also has the geek cred) makes this a must see for this movie lover. Also, Danny Strong is a capable and talented filmmaker on the cusp of becoming one of the most sought after filmmakers around.

In the end, the talent speaks for itself and all eyes here at GeekNation will be watching to report on any news that drops, including when we can expect a release date. I’m sure an announcement is forthcoming since Black Label will be releasing Denis Villeneuve‘s crime drama Sicario and Jean-Marc Vallee‘s drama Demolition at the Toronto Film Festival; two movies I’m dying to see.

In the meantime, we will keep an eye out for any news that drops about Rebel in the Rye. If done right, and seeing as the filmmakers have such a long and distinguished pedigree, this is one movie I’m sure that will take over all the awards talk soon as it’s released.

Keep checking back here for more updates — right here on GeekNation!

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Mark Reilly
Born a geek a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away - Tustin, CA - Reilly is a seasoned writer and producer with over twenty years experience in the film industry. He is the co-host of 'Far, Far Away' here on GeekNation as well as 'Meet the Movie Press' on the Popcorn Talk Network; which airs live every Friday morning at 9am pst. Tweet him at @Reillyaround
  • Liz K Clark

    Huge Danny fan back from the Buffy days. Who knew his success would eclipse most others on the show… and possibly even Joss’ one day…..