The 41-year-old won rave reviews for her portrayal of prosecutor Marcia Clark in hit crime drama The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and now she is on board to play Salinger's loyal publishing agent, Dorothy Olding, who helped to launch his career.

British actor Nicholas Hoult has been cast as the beloved American author, while Kevin Spacey, Victor Garber, Brian D'Arcy James, and Hope Davis will also co-star.

Empire co-creator Danny Strong will make his feature film directorial debut with the movie, which will chronicle the acclaimed writer's life as he begins his most famous novel, The Catcher in the Rye. The picture will follow Salinger's rise to success, as well as his subsequent life of seclusion.

Rebel in the Rye will be based on author Kenneth Slawenski's biography, J.D. Salinger: A Life, which Strong has also adapted for the screen.

Production is set to begin in New York this week (ends29Apr16).

Paulson's performance in The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was applauded by fans and critics alike, and even Clark herself admitted that although she hated watching her losing case unfold again onscreen, she enjoyed the actress' portrayal.

"What got me through it (drama) was being able to watch Sarah's performance," Marcia, who is now a top TV legal correspondent in America, told Entertainment Weekly. "I've been a fan of hers for years. I just love her."

Paulson was part of the show's all-star cast, which featured Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Simpson, alongside David Schwimmer, Selma Blair, and John Travolta. The drama, created by former Glee mastermind Ryan Murphy, attempted to piece together all the things that went on behind the scenes during the sensational 1995 murder trial.