AFM: Chris Cooper to Play J.D. Salinger in 'Coming Through the Rye'

Chris Cooper, J.D. Salinger
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Emmy-winning director Jim Sadwith will helm the coming-of-age tale in his feature debut

Oscar-winning actor Chris Cooper has signed on to play late author J.D. Salinger in Coming Through the Rye, a coming-of-age story set in 1969.

Emmy-winning TV director Jim Sadwith (Sinatra) will helm the movie in his feature film debut.

Alex Wolff (A Birder's Guide to Everything) and Stefania Owen (The Carrie Diaries) star in Coming Through The Rye as two teenagers who set out to find the notoriously recluse author.

The film is based on Sadwith's own attempt to track down Salinger and his encounters with the author of The Catcher in the Rye.

Cooper, who recently appeared as the Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man 2, won his best supporting actor Oscar in 2002 for Spike Jonze's Adaptation. The versatile actor has also appeared in such films as August: Osage County, The Bourne Identity and American Beauty.

Sadwith is also producing the film together with Stan Erdreich and Teddy Grennan.

Angel Grace Productions is handling international sales and will give buyers at AFM a first peek at the project before its official sales launch at Berlin's European Film Market in February.

Chris Cooper is repped by Untitled Entertainment and Kevin Yorn, Alex Wolff by CAA and Untitled Entertainment, and Stefania Owen by Paradigm and McKeon-Myones Management.

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