Director Danny Strong has added The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story‘s Sarah Paulson to the cast of the dramatic film Rebel in the Rye. Paulson joins a cast that includes Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), Brian D’Arcy James (Spotlight), Victor Garber (Legends of Tomorrow) and Hope Davis (American Crime). Filming is currently underway in New York City on the biopic based on the life of J.D. Salinger.
Per the official casting announcement, Paulson is set to play Dorothy Olding, “the agent that believed in young Jerry Salinger from his earliest short stories and was fiercely loyal to him throughout his entire career.” Rebel in the Rye was adapted by Danny Strong from Kenneth Slawenski’s Salinger biography. Strong is also producing along with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill, Thad Luckinbill, Bruce Cohen, and Jason Shuman. Black Label Media is financing the project.
The Plot: Rebel in the Rye is the story of the life and mind of the legendary and secretive author J.D. Salinger. 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 that led to the birth of his iconic book The Catcher in the Rye.