Victor Garber has booked a role in Danny Strong’s Rebel in the Rye, the biopic that follows J.D. Salinger as he prepares to write his classic novel The Catcher in the Rye. Nicholas Hoult stars as Salinger alongside Kevin Spacey, Zoey Deutch, Laura Dern, Brian D’Arcy James and Hope Davis. Garber will play the author’s father, Sol Salinger. A six-time Emmy nominee, Garber stars as Dr. Martin Stein on the CW’s Legends of Tomorrow. Other recent credits include TV’s The Flash, Power, The Slap, Web Therapy and Deception. He is repped by UTA and Industry Entertainment.

Ann Dowd has signed on for New Line/Village Roadshow’s Collateral Beautywhich follows a successful New York ad exec (Will Smith) who undergoes a personal tragedy causing him retreat from life entirely. Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Naomie Harris, Michael Peña, Kate Winslet and Helen Mirren also star. No details on Dowd’s character. A regular on HBO’s The Leftovers, Dowd’s recent credits also include Quarry, Masters of Sex, Our Brand Is Crisis and St. Vincent. Repped by Innovative Artists and Principal Entertainment LA, she next appears in the features Captain Fantastic, Oppenheimer Strategies and Hedgehog.