One of my favourite actresses, Reese Witherspoon (“Sweet Home Alabama” for the win!) will get the chance to play another of the strong female characters she excels at, playing Cheryl Strayed, the lead role of a woman, cheesed at how crumby her life is, who decides to do a 1100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State.
Nick Hornby, the author of books like “High Fidelity”, will write the script for “Wild”. Witherspoon will produce.
“Nick’s innate blend of humanity and humor are a perfect match for Cheryl’s raw emotional memoir,” Witherspoon said in a quote offered to Deadline. “I look forward to collaborating with both of these talented writers to create a film full of honesty, adventure and self discovery.”
“I loved Cheryl Strayed’s memoir”, adds Horny. “It’s moving, funny, painful and brave, and the moment I’d finished it I wanted someone to let me have a go at adapting it, because it was clear to me that it could make a wonderful movie. I’m thrilled to be given the chance; the fact that this chance was given to me by Reese Witherspoon, a great actress who feels exactly the same way about the book as I do, makes this project all the more exciting.”
Witherspoon hasn’t been in anything good for a while – though my mind may be playing tricks on me? have I forgotten something? – so this should be a refreshing change for the once-reliable actress.