“A Sensitive, Intelligent, Talented Young Actor in Reversible Coat wouldn’t be nearly enough. It would take someone with X to bring it off, and no very young man even if he has X knows quite what to do with it.”
Gothamist posts about the supposed and aspiring on-screen Holden Caulfields over the years. Salinger was approached by people from Jerry Lewis to Stephen Spielberg to adapt the movie, and consistently refused, sticking to his 1957 guns.
In that same letter, Salinger implied that an adaptation to the screen might someday be made. Who do you think could play Holden?
UPDATE: In related news, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire will be playing Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway in Baz Luhrmann’s remake of “The Great Gatsby” due out next year…in 3D.