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Reese Witherspoon Confirmed to Star in Nick Hornby's ‘Wild’

Reese Witherspoon Confirmed to Star in Nick Hornby's ‘Wild’

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired worldwide rights to Oscar nominated writer Nick Hornby's (An Education, High Fidelity) adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's NY Times #1 best-seller Wild, the book that re-launched Oprah Winfrey's Book Club 2.0. The film will star Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line, Mud), and will be produced by Pacific Standard's Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea (Warm Bodies, All Good Things) with River Road Entertainment's Oscar nominated Bill Pohlad (The Tree of Life, 12 Years a Slave). The film is slated to begin production in the late fall once a director is in place and will be overseen by Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production Claudia Lewis and SVP of Production David Greenbaum.

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

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Reese Witherspoon Takes the Lead in ‘Wild’

Reese Witherspoon Takes the Lead in ‘Wild’

Reese Witherspoon will play hiker Cheryl Strayed in the adaptation of her memoir Wild, which is being produced through River Road Entertainment.

Reese Witherspoon handpicked popular novelist Nick Hornby to pen the adapted screenplay. The story follows Cheryl Strayed's 1100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State. With no experience, the woman succeeded with the long trek, and managed to get her life back together in the process. She was going through the death of her mother and the break-up of her marriage at the time.

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