Why Cheryl Strayed Went 'Wild' For Reese Witherspoon and Brought Her Book to Screen

December 12, 2014 3:05 PM

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When she was a senior in college, Cheryl Strayed's mother, with whom she was extremely close, suddenly died of cancer at the young age of 45. Strayed then fell into a deep depression which led to a downward spiral of heroin use and casual sex, resulting in the end of her marriage. To put her life back together, Strayed set out on a 1,100 mile trek up the west coast; an experience which serves as the premise of her memoir "Wild: Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail."

Now, Strayed is on a different kind of journey, one which she didn't initially imagine. Oscar-winning actor Reese Witherspoon got a hold of her manuscript and fell in love with it. Witherspoon had found herself disappointed that so many studios weren't developing any films with women as the central ...

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