Oscars, pay attention. We now have a first glimpse of Reese Witherspoon in Wild with the new trailer below. In this movie, which is based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on The Pacific Crest Trail, Witherspoon plays the writer Cheryl Strayed, who, as the memoir's title suggests, takes on the epic journey of hiking across the Pacific Crest. Consider this Witherspoon's 127 Hours, just without cutting off her arm or anything.
Apparently, Witherspoon has wanted to do this film from the get-go, as Indie Wire reports that she optioned the film rights to Strayed's book before it was even published, which suggests some serious passion for the project. It looks like she's doing the memoir justice. After seeing the trailer, you can see that Witherspoon is taking the powerful source material and turning it into some legitimate dramatic gold. And you know what that — and a December 5th release date — means: hello, Oscar bait.
The movie will be helmed by Jean-Marc Vallee, who was responsible for directing Dallas Buyer's Club, which means he has experience pulling Oscars out of his actors (ahem, lookin' at you, Matthew McConaughey). The script will be penned by Nick Hornby, and the movie also stars Laura Dern, Michael Huisman (aka Game of Thrones Daario #2), and Gaby Hoffman. With that team attached to the project, it's sure to be pretty darn great.
Check out the trailer below! GO, REESE, GO — hike that Crest! (Also, after watching this, I will try my best to not complain that my laundry bags are "too heavy to carry across the street.")
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