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James Urbaniak Joins Nicholas Hoult in ‘Rebel in the Rye’ (EXCLUSIVE)

James Urbaniak has been cast opposite Nicholas Hoult in “Rebel in the Rye,” the J.D. Salinger biopic directed by Danny Strong.

Urbaniak will be playing Gus Lobrano, who was the real-life fiction editor of the New Yorker during the Salinger’s most productive years in the late ’40s through the ’50s. Previously named cast include Kevin Spacey, Hope Davis, Sarah Paulson, Victor Garber, Lucy Boynton and Brian d’Arcy James.

The movie is based on Kenneth Slawenski’s biography, “J.D. Salinger: A Life,” which Strong adapted. Black Label Media is financing with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill producing alongside Bruce Cohen, Jason Shuman and Strong. CAA is representing North American rights.

The movie will cover Salinger’s rebellious youth, the bloody front lines of World War II, a life of rejection to the pages of the New Yorker and the PTSD-fueled writer’s block that led to the birth of his iconic book “The Catcher in the Rye.”

Urbaniak is the voice of Dr. Venture on Cartoon Network’s “Venture Bros.” His most recent work includes starring in the Hulu series “Difficult People” and in the Sundance Audience Award winner “Advantageous.”

Urbaniak is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and by Michael Greenwald of Endorse Management Group.

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