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Nicholas Hoult to Star in J.D. Salinger Biopic

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Nicholas Hoult, who most recently starred in Mad Max: Fury Road, has been cast as one of the most famously reclusive literary figures of all time: The Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger.

The upcoming film Rebel in the Rye focuses on Salinger’s rebellious early days and his time as a solider in World War II, as recounted in Kenneth Slawenski’s biography J.D. Salinger: A Life, reports Variety.

Salinger was 32 when Catcher was published. His final original work was published in 1965, and he gave his last interview in 1980. He died in 2010 at 91 years old.

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The script for the film is being written by Danny Strong, once most famous for his recurring role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer but today known for writing the scripts for The Butler, both Hunger Games: Mockingjay films and for co-creating the television series Empire.

Hoult’s first big role was in 2002’s About a Boy and he has since also stared in X-Men: First Class, its sequel and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.