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Nicholas Hoult will play J.D. Salinger in upcoming biopic

on August 31, 2015, 3:29pm

Mad Max: Fury Road actor Nicholas Hoult will play J.D. Salinger in the forthcoming biopic Rebel in the Rye. The film will chronicle the life of the late author, including his time fighting in World War 2 and how his classic 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye came to fruition, as Variety notes.

Danny Strong, known for creating FOX’s hit series Empire and his screenplays for the two Hunger Games: Mockingjay films, has been tapped to direct. His own screenplay will be used, adapted from the Jenneth Slawenski-penned biography J.D. Salinger: A Life.

In addition to Mad Max, Hoult’s been on the big screen as part of X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. He’s set to appear in next month’s dark comedy thriller Kill Your Friends.