In 1951, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger captured the consciousness of a post-war nation and tapped into the angst and uncertainty of youth. From the exceptionally talented creator of Empire, and one of Hollywood's most exciting writers, Emmy Award winning writer-director Danny Strong (The Butler, Empire, The Hunger Games Mockingly Parts 1&2) and from the producers of Silver Linings Playook, Milk, The Blind Side, Sicario, Demolition and American Beauty comes REBEL IN THE RYE starring BAFTA nominee Nicholas Hoult as the legendary author. 

REBEL IN THE RYE is the audacious story of JD, a young man struggling to find his way in the bustling streets of 1930's New York City. Like so many before him he aggressively pursues independence, love, sex and the stimulating experiences of life. He dreams of making it as a short-story writer, but it is only upon meeting Whit Burnett that he finds the mentor and friend he needs to help him break through his stubbornness and wayward ego, and start rendering his energy and life stories into words on the page. 

And so is born the character of Holden Caulfield, a product of JD's own life experiences, in a short story eventually picked up by the New Yorker. Through the unforgiving and unflinching force of Whit's support, JD takes his creation with on a journey through the battlefields of World War 2 and the heartbreak of two great love affairs. Only then can he write the novel that turned him into the voice of a generation. But fame and success create jealousy as these two old collaborators lose sight of each other. It will take courage for JD and Whit to overcome betrayal and finally find peace and forgiveness. 

REBEL IN THE RYE is the extraordinary tale of JD Salinger, whose story continues to captivate fans from around the globe. The Catcher in the Rye has sold 65 million copies worldwide in every language, with around 250,000 copies still sold each year, about 685 per day.