Molly SMITH, Bruce COHEN, Jason SHUMAN, Danny STRONG, Trent LUCKINBILL, Thad LUCKINBILL
This chronicle of one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers, J.D. Salinger, begins as he embarks on his writing career and enters into a tumultuous relationship with young starlet Oona O’Neill. Having tried to establish his career in New York’s literary circle in the late 1930s, but with numerous rejections and with no prospects for success, he enlists in the army to fight in WWII. It is on the beaches of Normandy and across the battlefields of Europe that Salinger begins writing the iconic novel which would ultimately become The Catcher in the Rye.
A hugely successful actor and writer for television and film—who co-created Empire, among many other credits—Danny Strong makes his feature directing debut with an expertly realized film that truly does justice to the beloved subject. Bolstered by a keen attention to period detail and stellar performances from the entire cast, Rebel in The Rye will make you clap for all the right reasons.