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

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! September 19, 2013 at 12:31PM

"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. Take our poll, below.
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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?
  
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This article is related to: Shane Salerno, Salinger, News, The Weinstein Co.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.