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Watch: Reese Witherspoon Gets Rugged In First New Trailer For Oscar-Contender 'Wild'

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by Edward Davis
July 10, 2014 1:10 PM
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“She went method with the hair and no makeup,” says filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee, director of the Oscar-winning “Dallas Buyers Club” said last year of Reese Witherspoon. “We wanted to see Reese out there, not vain at all, not concerned with her image, and she went for it. Wait until you see her in the film. It’s a new Reese.” Vallee is talking about his upcoming survival drama “Wild,” and as you can tell by the aforementioned quote, it shows a distinctly different side of Witherspoon that we haven’t seen in a long time.

It’s hard not to be slightly cynical about the project. Witherspoon got undue, ugly attention for her drunken arrest in April 2013 and then a two months later it was announced that Fox Searchlight was boarding the project. It didn’t help that the actress hadn’t taken on a serious acting role in several years, mostly starring in fluff and then just weeks after her notorious arrest, she was signing up to serious filmmaking projects left and right (see May 3: "Passengers" and "Depth Of Field," May 6: a return to her “Walk The Line” director James Mangold, May 15: PTA’s “Inherent Vice” etc).

It’s a pessimistic view obviously, but after years of paycheck gigs, it’s hard not to see all those announcements (at least two of which she eventually brushed off) as an asserted campaign to change the narrative and put the focus on what mattered to her PR people: she’s an actress. But remember “Walk The Line” (which won her a well-deserved Academy Award) or “Election”? Hell, even “Legally Blonde” was a great performance for what it was, but aside from “Mud” there hadn’t been a serious role in a while.

It seems that’s all about to change with “Wild,” Valle’s much-anticipated “Dallas Buyers Club” follow-up. The film was written by Nick Hornby, has an Oscar-friendly December 5th release date and the new trailer points to something with some heft. The movie co-stars Gaby Hoffmann, Laura Dern, Michiel Huisman, Charles Baker, Kevin Rankin, Thomas Sadoski, but looks more like a one-woman show ala another survival narrative “127 Hours.”

Fox Searchlight will definitely be chasing gold with this one and intentions, pure or not, we’re just happy to see the Oscar-winner giving it a go again. Watch the trailer below and check out the new poster too. 

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15 Comments

  • sure | July 11, 2014 2:15 PMReply

    Well-deserved Oscar?? Over Felicity Huffman's performance? Can't think of a more mediocre performance to win an Oscar, ever.

  • HA | July 11, 2014 4:06 PM

    Think harder then

  • Hanson | July 10, 2014 9:40 PMReply

    Cynical view? Try beyond cynical into tabloid land. I don't expect Indiewire to rehash junk like this for an Oscar winner like Witherspoon. Yes, she was drunk when she mouthed off to the cop, but she wasn't the driver. She acted like many drunken individuals do when they get pulled over.

    You have no idea how long she had been looking for more serious roles, do you? Let's not forget that even Meryl Streep did fluff when she was Witherspoon's age... Heartburn, She Devil, The Bridges of Madison County! They all do a variety of roles, not in any particular order. Enough of this not-even-veiled mud slinging. Stick to the career news and leave the over wrought armchair analysis to Nikki Finke.

  • Parker | July 10, 2014 4:39 PMReply

    It looks wonderful! June Carter back on the top!

    Tie up your pants, Poya!:D

  • CARY | July 10, 2014 3:42 PMReply

    Probably because I have zero knowledge about the source material... only thing I can see is Reese Witherspoon and beautiful (not wild) landscape. This movie would never have been made without a big star like Witherspoon but she feels like too big of a star to make the material work.

  • c | July 10, 2014 3:12 PMReply

    Stop comparing this to 127-Hours. Over and over, you guys do it. Its nothing like it, if you bother to do any research. It's more in vein of Into the Wild.

  • Travis | July 10, 2014 6:48 PM

    Who compared it to 127 Hours? No one in the article did, nor did anyone in the comments

  • Travis | July 10, 2014 6:48 PM

    Who compared it to 127 Hours? No one in the article did, nor did anyone in the comments

  • Travis | July 10, 2014 2:14 PMReply

    Trailer seems to confirm my thoughts-Witherspoon will be great in a good, not great film and will be the film's sole nomination

  • Mel | July 10, 2014 1:49 PMReply

    Is this based on the Cheryl Strayed book?

  • Travis | July 10, 2014 2:14 PM

    Yes

  • elizs | July 10, 2014 2:01 PM

    Yes, it is.

  • Jenner Van | July 10, 2014 1:27 PMReply

    Looks awful. She's both underacting and overacting. She's no McConaughey.

  • AngieA2242 | July 10, 2014 1:19 PMReply

    I'm sorry but what are you babbling about? She had a baby two years ago, and movies like this are harder on a working parent than other movies. Seriously, being a woman in Hollywood is hard enough without this kind of "journalism" - if you're going to bring up someone's personal life as context as journalist do your damn job and actually put her career in perspective. I'm not even a fan of her work but as a working woman in Hollywood, your casual sexism is bullshit.

    On the other hand this movie seems quite lovely.

  • Eric | July 10, 2014 3:02 PM

    Agreed, something tells me The Playlist weren't so snarky and cynical when McConaughey started signing onto legit projects left right and center a couple of years back...

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