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Casting Watch: Thomas Sadoski of 'The Newsroom' Looks Forward to Co-Starring with Reese Witherspoon in 'Wild'

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 23, 2013 at 12:11PM

Thomas Sadoski (HBO's "The Newsroom") is in talks to star opposite Reese Witherspoon in "Wild," which will be directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (who currently has "Dallas Buyers Club" generating Oscar buzz).
Thomas Sadoski on "The Newsroom"
Thomas Sadoski on "The Newsroom"

Thomas Sadoski (HBO's "The Newsroom") confirmed at the HBO party Sunday night that he will star opposite Reese Witherspoon in the film adaptation of non-fiction bestseller "Wild," which will be directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (who currently has "Dallas Buyers Club" generating Oscar buzz). The theater actor is excited by his breakout role opposite love-interest Olivia Munn in "Newsroom," which he is confident will return for another season, especially after Jeff Daniels' surprise Emmy win. "Newsroom" creator Aaron Sorkin, though, says he is still thinking about it.

Sadowski is also charged up about working with Witherspoon, one of our great underutilized actresses. "Wild" is based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir of the same title, and centers on a woman (Witherspoon) who embarks on a thousand-mile hike along the Pacific Coast trail as a means of coping with inner demons. The adaptation was penned by Nick Hornby.

Sadoski will play the male lead, the ex-husband who still harbors feelings for the lead female character despite knowing of her infidelities. "Wild" will be Sadoski's highest-profile role to date. He also stars in indie flick "Take Care," from writer-director Liz Tuccillo. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.