Soho went back to the days before it was Soho as JD Salinger biopic Rebel in the Rye filmed in the neighborhood today. On Jersey Street, between Lafayette and Crosby, crews had taken down modern-day street signs and replaced them with the sort of signage that would’ve graced Hell’s Hundred Acres, as it was then called, back when Salinger was a downtown denizen.
Industrial shutters were placed on the building that houses Brooklyn Industries, to make it truly industrial. Soho was, after all, an area of sweatshops and factories back in the ’40s.
And a telephone booth also made a comeback along with some old garbage cans.
As crews set up for the exterior shot, there seemed to be filming inside of Pravda as well. (Fun fact: Catcher in the Rye was once banned by a Washington state school district when parents became convinced it was part of a Communist plot.)
Since we last checked in with the shoot during its visit to Cafe Reggio in Greenwich Village, stars Nicholas Hault (who plays young Saligner) and Zoey Deutch (who plays Oona O’Neill, daughter of playwright Eugene O’Neill) were spotted shooting a fight scene on Madison Avenue on Tuesday and then a kiss scene in Central Park on Thursday. (Lousy spoilers!) Also, Variety has reported that James Urbaniak (last seen talking Difficult People) will play Gus Lobrano, Salinger’s editor at the New Yorker after Whit Burnett (played by Kevin Spacey).