Jean-Marc Vallee at the 2009 Toronto International Film FestivalJim Ross/Getty Images

The movie adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's bestselling memoir "Wild" already has its star, Reese Witherspoon -- and now it's lined up a director.

According to Deadline, "Dallas Buyers Club" helmer Jean-Marc Vallée is set to direct Witherspoon in the film, which follows Strayed as she solo-hikes 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. With no backpacking experience and a turbulent recent past (to put it mildly), Strayed is an unlikely wilderness adventurer, but she ultimately proves that it's enough to have determination in spades.

While there's no word yet on whether Witherspoon is prepared to get method and go on her own PCT sufferfest, the actress is on board to produce.

From a script by Nick Hornby, "Wild" is expected to make the trek into theaters sometime next year. Vallée's "Dallas Buyers Club," featuring Witherspoon's "Mud" co-star Matthew McConaughey in the skinniest role of his career, will debut this December.

[via Deadline]

Casting News: Reese Witherspoon Will Star in Book Adaptation for 'Wild'

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