‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ star Nicholas Hoult has closed a deal to portray “The Catcher in the Rye” author JD Salinger in the biopic ‘Rebel in The Rye.’

With Danny Strong writing and directing, the screenplay was adapted from the Kenneth Slawenski biography, ‘JD Salinger: A Life, and explores the life and mind of the secretive author and tells the story of the birth of his iconic coming of age novel “The Catcher in the Rye.”

As the author who captivated a generation, Salinger soared to the heights of the literary world but left it all behind for a life of seclusion. Through his rebellious youth, the bloody front lines of World War 2, enduring great love and terrible loss, a life of rejection to the pages of The New Yorker, and the PTSD-fuelled writer’s block which led to a spiritual awakening.

Black Label Media is on board to finance with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill producing alongside Bruce Cohen (‘American Beauty,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘Milk’), Jason Shuman, and Strong.

Hoult will next be seen starring in Owen Harris’ dark comedy ‘Kill Your Friends’ when it arrives in Irish cinemas November 6th.