Kevin Spacey Joins Cast in J.D. Salinger Biopic

By Maryann Yin Comment

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Kevin Spacey has been cast in the J.D. Salinger biopic, Rebel in the Rye. In the past, Spacey has acted in several book-based projects including House of Cards, 21 movie, and L.A. Confidential.

Deadline reports that Spacey will play a professor named Whit Burnett who serves as mentor to young Salinger. The movie studio announced last year that Nicholas Hoult will take on the role of Salinger.

According to VarietyDanny Strong, the scribe behind Game Change and The Butler, will serve as both the director and screenwriter.

Strong will adapt Kenneth Slawenski’s biography, J.D. Salinger: A Life, for the script. The story will examine “Salinger as he prepares to write his classic novel, Catcher in the Rye.” (via Empire Magazine)

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