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POLL: Who Should Play J.D. Salinger in New Salinger Biopic?

by Ryan Lattanzio
September 19, 2013 12:31 PM
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J.D. Salinger
J.D. Salinger

"Salinger" writer-director Shane Salerno, behind the book and recent documentary that uncovers the reclusive J.D. Salinger (1919-2010), is penning a feature film biopic about the 20th-century author for the Weinstein Co. It will cover the decade from World War II through the publication of his first novel, "The Catcher in The Rye" (1951), all from when Salinger was 23 to 33.

Though reviews of "Salinger" have been mixed since the film (literally) crash-landed at Telluride last month (our TOH! review here), Salerno's doc has undoubtedly renewed interest in the seminal writer long-relegated to high school syllabi and references in Wes Anderson films. The documentary does not shy from his philandering with younger women, his resistance to fame and some of the dark demons swirling in his soul.

Who do you think should play the notoriously elusive writer, who was a tall man at 6'2"? Take our poll below:

Who should play J.D. Salinger? free polls 


  • GrandmaPanacea | September 25, 2013 7:57 PMReply

    Miles Teller

  • cadavra | September 19, 2013 6:52 PMReply

    David Straithairn would be perfect, but I fear he's too old now.

  • Ella | September 19, 2013 1:34 PMReply

    Hugh Jackman has the looks and is 6'2".

  • That Kid | September 19, 2013 1:05 PMReply

    Personally I'm sold in Daniel Day Lewis, he just seems sort of perfect for an older Salinger

  • C | September 19, 2013 12:47 PMReply

    Personally I think Nic Cage looks the most like him, but as an actor he isn't as good as he once was.

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