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Reese Witherspoon Set to Star in Adaptation of 'Wild'

July 17, 2013 (8:35 am) GMT
Fox Searchlight Pictures acquires the worldwide rights to distribute the film, and Witherspoon will also be involved in the project as co-producer.
Reese Witherspoon

adds another work commitment to her packed schedule. The Oscar-winning actress is secured to produce and star in "", the upcoming adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's best-selling memoir. Fox Searchlight Pictures has nabbed the worldwide rights to distribute the film which is penned by "" scribe Nick Hornby.

The story centers on young Strayed, who undertakes a pretty epic hike on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State following the death of her mother and the failure of her marriage. Besides being the first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0., it reached No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list.

"We are so excited to be working with Fox Searchlight to bring 'Wild' to the screen. It is an extraordinary company that continually strives to bring original, inspirational films to the marketplace. We are thrilled to collaborate with them on 'Wild'," Witherspoon said in a statement.

Fox Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley also commented, "We have long been huge fans of this visceral, inspirational and moving personal story with such a strong female perspective."

Witherspoon will produce the big-screen version under the banner of her company Pacific Standard alongside Bruna Papandrea and Bill Pohlad of River Road Entertainment. No director has been secured yet.

Witherspoon is currently filming "" for director Paul Thomas Anderson. Also committed to "" as a producer, she will next be seen in crime drama "".

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