Sarah Paulson, the scene stealer in The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story where she brilliantly played prosecutor Marcia Clark, has joined Danny Strong’s J.D. Salinger biopic Rebel In The Rye. Paulson will play Dorothy Olding, the fiercely loyal agent who believed in the young Salinger from his earliest short stories and supported him throughout his career.
She joins Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road), Kevin Spacey, Brian D’Arcy James (Spotlight, Mozart In The Jungle), Victor Garber (Sicario, Milk) and Hope Davis in the cast. Rebel In The Rye is written and will be directed by Strong from an adaptation of Kenneth Slawenski’s biography, J.D. Salinger: A Life. The film follows the legendary and secretive author through his life — from his rebellious youth to the the bloody front lines of World War II, experiencing great love and terrible loss, a life of rejection, his writing in the pages of The New Yorker, and the PTSD-fueled writer’s block that led to the birth of his iconic novel The Catcher In The Rye.
The film is financed by Black Label Media with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill producing alongside Bruce Cohen (American Beauty), Jason Shuman, and Strong. The project goes before the cameras this week in New York.
Paulson has also earned critical raves for her role in Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story anthology, Todd Haynes’ Carol and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. She is represented by UTA. CAA is repping the North American rights on the film and BLOOM is handling international.
Black Label Media partnered with Lionsgate on Damien Chazelle’s La La Land which will be released in December and stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. The company is currently in production on Joe Kosinski’s No Exit starring Josh Brolin and Miles Teller.
BLOOM, which was created by partners Alex Walton and financier/producer Ken Kao, is delivering a varied slate of films that includes last weekend’s opener Elvis & Nixon starring Spacey and Michael Shannon as well as Martin Zandvliet’s The Outsider starring Jared Leto; George Clooney’s Suburbicon starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore; Shane Black’s The Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling; Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s Woodshock starring Kirsten Dunst; Michael Apted‘s Unlocked starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Douglas and Orlando Bloom; Gus Van Sant’s The Sea Of Trees starring Matthew McConaughey; and Renny Harlin’s Skiptrace starring Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville.