A new biographical film titled Rebel in the Rye is seeing a limited release in theaters this weekend. The film follows the life of famed author J.D. Salinger as he achieves worldwide fame for his novel The Catcher in the Rye. Writer/director Danny Strong (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Empire) penned the film from the book “J.D. Salinger: A Life” by Kenneth Slawenski. Salinger was born in New York, and attended several universities before he was drafted into the army to serve in World War II. He participated in both the D-Day Invasion at Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. During this period he continued to write, developing the story for what would become The Catcher in the Rye.
Salinger suffered a nervous breakdown following the war, but recovered and returned to writing, publishing short stories in The New Yorker. Catcher in the Rye was finally published in 1951, after which the author left New York and enjoyed a famously private lifestyle. He published only one additional book before his death in 2010, but it has been speculated that he may have written as many as 10 unpublished novels. His private life was the subject of director Shane Salerno’s 2013 documentary film Salinger. The cast of Rebel in the Rye is led by Nicholas Hoult in the role of Salinger, as well as Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey as Professor Whit Burnett. Salinger met Burnett while he was attending Columbia University. The professor took immediate notice of Salinger’s natural talent as a writer and encouraged him to continue writing up until the time that Salinger was drafted for the war. Check your local listings if you’re looking for a good movie to see this weekend. Enjoy!