‘Wild’ Movie Will Star Reese Witherspoon

Cheryl Strayed’s travel memoir “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” is set for the big screen. Reese Witherspoon will play Strayed, who went on a solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail in search of herself after the death of her mother and a battle with infidelity, divorce and heroin use. Nick Hornby, who wrote the novels “High Fidelity” and “About a Boy,” has written the screenplay. The film was just picked up by Fox Searchlight for distribution.

Shooting on the “Wild” movie is scheduled to begin this fall. In the meantime, our own Wandering Writer Rachel Friedman took a tour of Northeast Portland with Strayed, who made the city her home after walking her way to a new life through California and Oregon. When Strayed arrived, her life savings were around twenty cents.

Cheers to Strayed, who went from some loose change in her pocket to having an Oprah-approved memoir and movie deal.