As expected, TIFF (as Toronto’s summarily dubbed) unveiled a healthy slate of programming in its first initial announcement, part of the run up to this year’s robust film festival. (The dates of the 2014 Toronto Fest are Sept. 4 to 14, and we will be on the ground covering every inch of the festival, per usual.)
Based on an incredible true story of resilience and self-discovery, this biopic promises to be an emotional journey. But could it also throw Witherspoon back into the award season spotlight?
Honestly, it’s the most quintessential 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.
Witherspoon will not only headline the feature called simply Wild, but also is producing along with her Pacific Standard partner Bruna Papandrea (Warm Bodies), and River Road Entertainment's Bill Pohlad (12 Years a Slave).
Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea will co-produce the based-on-fact story of Cheryl Strayed, a woman who – in an effort to recover from her mother’s death and a crumbling marriage – hiked a 1,100-mile trail that stretches the Pacific Crest Trail from California to Washington.