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Trailer Watch: Reese Witherspoon Heals Herself in “Wild”

Trailer Watch: Reese Witherspoon Heals Herself in "Wild"

Call 2014 Reese Witherspoon’s comeback year. The Walk the Line star will play the lead in two movies this Oscar season, The Good Lie (October 3) and Wild (December 5), and co-star in Inherent Vice (December 12). She also earned good notices for a small role in May 2014’s Devil’s Knot.

In contrast to the sunny but sassy good girl she’ll play in The Good Lie, Witherspoon goes somewhat darker in Wild. The deeply troubled woman that Cheryl Strayed describes in her best-selling memoir is a heroin addict who’s grieving the relatively sudden death of her mother from lung cancer by entangling herself with a series of undesirable men. Her 1,100-mile hike up the Pacific Crest Trail isn’t simply an excuse for pretty scenes of nature, either, as the trailer offers close-ups of Witherspoon’s blackened, bloodied feet. 

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Merilea Valenzuela

I love the idea of Reese Witherspoon playing this character, as an actress she has always played the flirty single girl. It's time for a women to gain the image of a driven independent while remaining realistic for audiences to relate to. The strength of the character in this story accentuates the capabilities of a women on her own, taking on a journey of healing that we can share with her. Filming this rugged mission will capture and portray a female in ways that have never been done before, hopefully reshaping the female role in films for the future. I look forward to watching the film techniques and acting alone in the wilderness, and being a part of this transforming take on film, women, and the portrayal of true struggle.

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