The first trailer for the Reese Witherspoon-starring adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild already makes the film look as emotionally wrenching and cathartic as the book.
In Wild Strayed tells the story of how—after the death of her mother and the end of her marriage—she made the decision to hike across the Pacific Crest Trail. She was alone and not prepared at all for the brutal conditions she would encounter. The movie is directed by Dallas Buyers' Club Jean-Marc Vallée, and the trailer indicates that the movie, like the book, shifts between Strayed's experiences on the Trail and flashbacks of the trauma in her life that preceded it. Vallée, as evidenced by DBC, doesn't shy away from images of bodies in distress.
The movie opens on December 5 in the thick of awards season, and we'd be shocked if Witherspoon's performance isn't drawing major awards attention. This could be mark a big comeback for her. Until it's released we'll just be rewatching the trailer and, ahem, drying our eyes.
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