Joey Nolfi
October 11, 2016 AT 03:10 PM EDT

James Steven Sadwith’s Coming Through the Rye uses literary icon J.D. Salinger’s life and legacy as a means to frame an ambitious Pennsylvania teenager’s coming-of-age story, and EW has an exclusive look at a new scene from the upcoming drama. 

Based on Sadwith’s real-life experiences, the film follows Jamie Schwartz (Alex Wolff), who sets out on a cross-country journey to locate Salinger (Chris Cooper) in the hopes that the famous author will give him permission to adapt one of his books, The Catcher in the Rye, as a stage play at his small-town prep school.

In the clip above, Schwartz reveals his intentions to pursue Salinger to his friend, Deedee (Stefania LaVie Owen), who catches him in the act of fleeing town. 

“I hate it there. It’s full of mean guys and phonies. I mean, really, really mean guys,” Jamie says when Deedee questions his decision to leave. Referencing the central character in Catcher in the Rye, Deedee responds: “You sound like Holden.” 

“Well, it’s me, and it’s true. A bunch of guys from the football team bombed my room last night and beat the crap out of me, so I just got the hell out of there,” Jamie says. “They were snooping around my room and I guess at some point found this stupid letter that I wrote to Salinger about how they’d all been fed into the machine and they’d become cynical automatons.”

Coming Through the Rye hits theaters on Friday. Watch an exclusive clip from the film above, and watch its theatrical trailer below. 

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