Strong is directing from his own script, adapted from Kenneth Slawenski’s biography “J.D. Salinger: A Life.” Principal photography has started in New York City.
“Rebel in the Rye” is financed by Black Label Media with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill producing alongside Bruce Cohen, Jason Shuman and Strong. CAA is representing the North American rights with Bloom handling international.
The movie will cover Salinger’s rebellious youth, the bloody front lines of World War II, enduring great love and terrible loss, 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.”
Paulson will play Dorothy Olding, the agent who believed in the young Jerry Salinger from his earliest short stories and was fiercely loyal to him throughout his entire career.
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Paulson portrayed Marcia Clark in “The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” She’s also starred in Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” anthology, Todd Haynes’ ” Carol” and Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave.”
Paulson is represented by UTA.