Reese Witherspoon to Star in Nick Hornby's "Wild"

Reese Witherspoon to Star in Nick Hornby's

Lining up her next big project, Reese Witherspoon has signed on to star in Oscar-nominated writer Nick Hornby”s “Wild.”

Based on the New York Times #1 best-seller by Cheryl Strayed, the film follows a woman who has lost all hope, and makes the decision to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone.

Speaking on the role, the “Water for Elephants” actress said, “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.””

Production is expected to get underway in the late fall, after a director is in place.