Academy Award winner Chris Cooper is set to play J. D. Salinger in the feature film, Coming Through the Rye, written by Emmy Award winner James Steven Sadwith, making his feature directing debut. The film is currently in production.

The story is a coming-of age drama set in 1969 involving two teenagers, Alex Wolff (Hair Brained, A Birder's Guide to Everything) and Stefania Owen (The Carrie Diaries, The Lovely Bones) as they search for J.D. Salinger. Based on Sadwith's own quest to find Salinger and his encounters with the reclusive author, the story is about a sensitive boy, a quirky girl and the road they travel to find not only Salinger but also friendship and the truth about themselves.

Producers are Stan Erdreich, Teddy Grennan and Jim Sadwith. Angel Grace Productions is giving 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.

B. Alan Orange