This guy is something else! Danny Strong is making his directorial debut with the J.D. Salinger biopic Salinger's War. A movie about Salinger already seems remarkable, since Salinger has made it known that he never wanted The Catcher In The Rye on the big screen, but Strong's touch will make it even more remarkable. You may not know this, but this man has a seriously impressive resume, which exemplifies just how multitalented he is. He's quickly proving to be a critical figure in Hollywood.
You may know Strong most directly from his television appearances: He started out as Jonathan of the evil trio on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, entering the hearts and minds of Buffy fans everywhere, he also played Doyle, Paris's love interest on Gilmore Girls, and he has a recurring role on Mad Men as the talentless Danny Siegel. Strong's also appeared on the big screen in Pleasantville and Dangerous Minds, but his biggest big movie roles have actually been behind the scenes as a screenwriter.
He was the screenwriter for Lee Daniels' highly acclaimed The Butler, and he's the man responsible for adapting the script for the third and fourth installments of The Hunger Games trilogy. He's also set to write the screenplay for The Lost Symbol . Strong has also helped contribute to HBO's awards mantelpiece, as he wrote the Sarah Palin miniseries Game Change for the channel, as well as their made-for-television movie, Recount. Both of these went on to win Emmys. Damn!
It's quite a success story — leaping from acting to writing to now directing. And judging from his resume, it looks like he picks his material smartly. It's a safe bet to assume that Salinger's War, which will chronicle Salinger's early days in New York in the 1940s, will be executed with the same kind of precision his screenplays are.
Salinger wasn't one to be all into the Hollywood scene, but he may rest easy knowing his biopic is in trusted hands.