Watch Nicholas Hoult as Young J.D. Salinger in First Trailer for ‘Rebel in the Rye’

Coming in September from IFC Films is Danny Strong’s Rebel in the Rye, about the life of a young J.D. Salinger and his personal/creative struggles during World War II. Nicholas Hoult (X-Men, Fury Road) plays the famously reclusive author, co-starring with Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson (as literary agent Dorothy Olding), Hope Davis, and others. The film is based on a book by Kenneth Slawenski, J. D. Salinger: A Life. The first trailer has arrived, and it’s extra angsty. Salinger’s linguistic skills came in handy during World War II. He worked in a counter-intelligence division, interrogating prisoners of war. “Salinger’s counter-intelligence colleagues would remember him as constantly stealing away to write,” Vanity Fair shares. “One recalled a time when the unit came under heavy fire. Everyone began ducking for cover. Glancing over, the soldiers caught sight of Salinger typing away under a table.” Rebel in the Rye arrives in theaters on September 15.