Reese Witherspoon Heads Into The Wild In First-Look Image

By Nick Venable 2013-10-20 22:14:56discussion comments
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With his upcoming drama Dallas Buyers Club having debuted to rave reviews when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last month, director Jean-Marc Vallťe will almost certainly become a more familiar face whenever awards season rolls around. That is, if heís not still busy filming his other possible Oscar contender, the memoir adaptation Wild. We now have our first look at the film thanks to star Reese Witherspoon (seen above) and her Twitter account.

Honestly, itís the most basic image one could have expected from the film, which will chronicle the 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trailer taken by author Cheryl Strayed, who made the trek as a way of coping with the downward spiral her adult life had taken, following the death of her mother, her failed marriage and a bout with heroin addiction. Thereís no better iconography for a hike than someone standing in front of a bunch of mountains with a huge backpack strapped on. This film isnít one in which the actress needs to look exactly like the person being portrayed, so thereís probably not much prep work Witherspoon has to go through each day. The only difference being the 11-year difference in ages between her and Strayed when the trip was taken. Oh well.

According to Deadline, Fox Searchlight recently signed Laura Dern for the role of Strayedís mother, which means we probably wonít be seeing too much of her in the film. Though her death being such an emotional catalyst probably means that quite a few flashbacks will be utilized here. Thatíd be great, since Dern is a wonderful addition in every project sheís a part of.

Now that her HBO series Enlightened has been cancelled, weíll probably be seeing much more of Dern on the big screen. She has upcoming roles in Thomas Carterís underdog sports drama When the Game Stands Tall and Daniel Duranís troubled teen drama Strings, and is currently filming Josh Booneís adaptation of the highly acclaimed John Green YA novel The Fault in Our Stars, which I cannot wait for. Sheís also set to star in the webcam/Skype ensemble drama Motherís Day, a film that I can absolutely wait for, maybe even indefinitely.

Wild, which was scripted by acclaimed novelist Nick Hornby and also stars Charles Baker, Michiel Huisman, Gaby Hoffman and Kevin Rankin, Wild began its production last week in Oregon, with plans for a 2014 release. What can we expect from the next production still? Maybe one of her actually tying the laces on her hiking boots, or one of her feet actually on the trail itself?
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