Kevin Spacey will star alongside Nicholas Hoult in “Rebel In The Rye” for Black Label Media.
The story deals with the formative years of “The Catcher In The Rye” author J.D. Salinger with “Empire” executive producer Danny Strong directing from a script he adapted based on the Kenneth Slawenski biography.
Hoult was set last fall to play Salinger as he progressed toward writing the famous novel. Spacey will play Whit Burnett, a professor at Columbia and editor of Story magazine who became a mentor and was the first to challenge the young Salinger, inspiring him to grow as a storyteller.
Strong, Bruce Cohen, Jason Shuman, Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill are producing.