Reese Witherspoon to Star in ‘Wild’
Reese Witherspoon is set to star in “Wild” for Fox Searchlight, which has acquired worldwide rights to scribe Nick Hornby’s (“An Education”, “High Fidelity”) adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s NY Times #1 best-seller.
Pic will be produced by Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea through their Pacific Standard banner with River Road Entertainment’s Bill Pohlad. Fox Searchlight’s Claudia Lewis and David Greenbaum will oversee the project.
Strayed’s book recounts how she hiked 1,000 miles alone on the Pacific Crest Trail following years of destructive behavior in the wake of the dissolution of her marriage and her mother’s death.
The film is slated to begin production in the late fall once a director is in place.
“We are so excited to be working with Fox Searchlight to bring ‘Wild’ to the screen,” Witherspoon said in a statement. “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.’”
Casting Director Seeks Talent for Reese Witherspoon Feature
The upcoming Reese Witherspoon feature “Three Little Words” has a casting director attached, Backstage has learned.
Witherspoon is set to play the lead in the upcoming film based on the memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter. The book chronicled Rhodes-Courter’s traumatic childhood in foster care and her turbulent relationship with her biological mother.
James Mangold, who worked with Witherspoon on “Walk The Line,” is set to direct.
With the production planning a September start, Los Angeles-based Sheila Jaffe Casting will be tasked with filling out the cast.
Hello Reese fans! I am back with another 500+ photos from Reese’s 2005 public appearances, and am pleased to say I have now completed this year! Today’s additions include photos from some of Reese’s biggest premieres and events when she was promoting Walk The Line such as the two premieres for the film, the Johnny Cash celebration event, and the CMA Awards. Reese looks absolutely beautiful at all events – I really think she looked at her most radiant in 2005! Reese’s looks at the two premieres for the film are amongst my favourites of hers, too. Enjoy the Reese nostalgia……
• I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash x217
• “Walk The Line” AFI Film Festival Opening Night Gala Premiere x65 more
• “Walk The Line” New York Premiere x109 more
• Outside the Good Morning America Studios x8
• Outside the Regis & Kelly Studios x2
• CMA Awards x17
• Women in Entertainment Power 100 Breakfast x100
• Third Annual Bag Lunch Benefiting P.S. Arts x4
A couple of days ago Reese made an appearance at the Los Angeles Dance Project Benefit Gala in LA. Reese looked chic in a little black cocktail dress by Mary Alice Haney dress with Roger Vivier heels and a Tiffany’s clutch. Reese was accompanied by her husband, and also posed for photos with her dress’s designer, and Natalie Portman, whose husband Benjamin Millepied started the Dance Project. HQ photos from the event are in our Gallery:
Universal Wins Auction For ‘Don’t Mess With Texas;’ Spec Teams Reese Witherspoon And Sofia Vergara
After a spirited bidding battle, Universal has just closed a deal for Don’t Mess With Texas, a comedy spec by John Quaintance & David Feeney that will make for an onscreen pairing of Reese Witherspoon and Modern Family‘s Sophia Vergara. Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea will produce through their Pacific Standard banner along with Dana Fox. Vergara will be co-producer. Fox is the scripter of such features as What Happens In Vegas, and also the exec producer of the Ben And Kate, the just-canceled Fox series where Quaintance & Feeney were writers. Don’t Mess With Texas is on a fast track, with plans to begin production March, 2014.
Pic is a female driven comedy about a cop and a prisoner on the run in Texas, with crooked cops in hot pursuit. Witherspoon is coming off the Jeff Nichols-directed Mud, and she will star alongside Keanu Reeves in Passengers, the sci-fi film that was bought by The Weinstein Company at Cannes. She will next be seen starring in the Atom Egoyan-directed drama Devil’s Knot about the West Memphis 3 case, and she’ll next star for Paul Thomas Anderson in Inherent Vice. She’s repped by CAA and Management 360. Besides the hit ABC series Modern Family, Vergara most recently starred in The Three Stooges, with Machete Kills upcoming. She’s repped by CAA, Latin World Entertainment and Untitled. Fox is repped by WME, Quaintance by CAA and Art/Work, and Feeney by UTA.
Mud will be available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray in the US on August 6th. It will follow in the UK on September 2nd.
The US special features are as follows (but may change):
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio commentary with Writer/Director Jeff Nichols
“A Very Personal Tale: Writing and Directing Mud” featurette
“The Arkansas Ensemble: The Distinctive Characters and Cast of Mud” featurette
“Southern Authenticity: Shooting the Real Arkansas” featurette
“The Snake Pit: The Slithering Costars of Mud” featurette
Here’s another large batch of photos from Reese’s 2005 public appearances! This includes pics of Reese premiering Walk The Line in Toronto (there are some great shots with Joaquin Phoenix which I know you’ll love), and continuing to make appearances in the US to promote that movie and Just Like Heaven. Besides those Toronto pics, I particularly love the Couture Cares shots as Reese just looks so pretty! I love looking through all these old photos of Reese, so I hope you do too …
• Events in 2005 x500+ more
After going through my emails I made a small Fun section update, with the following pages having new responses added to them: Caption This, Favourite Film, Favourite Character, and Why Do You Like Reese. Be sure to browse through our Fun section and send in your responses to any/all of the features if you have some spare minutes!
Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Chastain among the front-runners to play Hillary Clinton in Rodham
Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon are among actresses being considered to portray the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Rodham – about the younger years of the former First Lady and senator – is due out some time around the 2016 presidential election, in which Clinton might be a canditate. It will focus on 1974, when she was a Washington lawyer.
Among those in the running to play the 26-year-old Clinton are Amanda Seyfried, who starred in Les Misérables, Zero Dark Thirty’s Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon, and Scarlett Johansson, most recently seen playing Janet Leigh in Hitchcock.
Rodham director James Ponstoldt said: “They’re all wonderful actresses. We’re very fortunate that a lot of really great actors are interested in playing these roles. We’re in an enviable position.”
“Regardless of people’s political affiliation or how they feel about Hillary Clinton, you don’t find people who question the quality of her intelligence or her drive. I want a wonderful actress who could embody that.”
I am on a Reese roll and have now worked my way through the Just Like Heaven premiere photos, adding over 200 new HQs from the event to our Gallery! This includes some great photos of Reese and her co-stars at the after party, and I particularly love the snaps with Mark Ruffalo. This is my favourite Reese look of all time – everything about it is perfect, from the hair and make-up to the Monique Lhuillier dress and accessories – it all works together to make Reese look her most beautiful, I think.
Enjoy browsing the multitude of HQs in our Gallery!
• “Just Like Heaven” Premiere x235 more