Chris Cooper Starring as J.D. Salinger in ‘Coming Through the Rye’

Oscar winner joins cast of Jim Sadwith film, currently in production

Last Updated: November 5, 2014 @ 4:08 PM

Chris Cooper has been cast as J.D. Salinger in “Coming Through the Rye.”

Jim Sadwith (“Sinatra”) is writing and directing the film, which is currently in production. The story, based in part on Sadwith’s real-life experiences, focuses on teenagers Alex Wolff (“Hair Brained”) and Stefania Owen (“The Lovely Bones”) as they search desperately for Salinger, the famed author of “Catcher in the Rye.”

Cooper won a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar for his work alongside Meryl Streep in Spike Jonze‘s 2002 film “Adaptaion.” He also famously starred in “American Beauty” and, more recently, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

Untitled Entertainment, CAA and Paradigm represent Cooper.

“Coming Through the Rye” is Sadwith’s directorial debut, but the filmmaker previously won a Primetime Emmy for directing “Sinatra” in 1992. Producers are Stan Erdreich, Teddy Grennan and Jim Sadwith.

Angel Grace Productions will give international buyers a first look at the project at this week’s American Film Market, prior to officially launching international sales for the film at Berlin’s EFM in February.