“There is nothing more sacred than story,” Kevin Spacey’s Whit Burnett tells a young J.D. Salinger, played by Nicholas Hoult, in the trailer for Rebel in the Rye. Fiction may be more truthful than reality, but IFC Films will explore the fantastic facts behind the education Salinger got before he created Holden Caulfield for his novel Catcher in the Rye.
Rebel in the Rye tell the story of the writer as a young man as he is beginning to write his iconic masterpiece The Catcher in the Rye. Starting from his mentorship under professor Whit Burnett (Kevin Spacey) at Columbia University the film moves through his experiences during World War II to his relationship with Oona O’Neill (Zoey Deutch) who dated Salinger before she married Charlie Chaplin in 1943.
“The film sheds light on the events that shaped the young author, and some of the influential people who he meets in his pursuit of success – namely his mentor Whit Burnett,” IFC said in a statement.
“I like it when somebody gets excited about something,” says teen rebel Holden Caulfield in the book Cather in the Rye. “It’s nice.”
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Rebel in the Rye is based on the book J. D. Salinger: A Life by Kenneth Slawenski. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in late January. was written and directed by Danny Strong. The film also Sarah Paulson as Salinger’s first literary agent; Victor Garber as Salinger’s father, along with Hope Davis, and Brian d’Arcy James.
“I don’t exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.”
Rebel in the Rye will hit theates on September 15, 2017