In WILD, director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club), Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (An Education) bring bestselling author Cheryl Strayed’s extraordinary adventure to the screen. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. WILD powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures --as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.
ABOUT THE CAST
Academy Award® winner REESE WITHERSPOON (Cheryl Strayed) has created the kind of unforgettable characters that connect with critics and audiences alike, making her one of Hollywood’s most sought after actresses. In 2012, Witherspoon partnered with producer Bruna Papandrea to launch Pacific Standard Films. The new production banner hit the ground running, setting up an adaptation of the bestselling novel Gone Girl, as well as a range of comedies and dramas.
She will next be seen in THE GOOD LIE, directed by Academy Award nominated director Philippe Falardeau. Witherspoon stars in the role of ‘Carrie Davis,’ an American woman assigned to help four young Sudanese refugees, known as ‘Lost Boys of Sudan,’ who win a lottery for relocation to the United States. The film is slated for release on September 10, 2014.
Next, Witherspoon will star in the crime-thriller INHERENT VICE, alongside Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Joaquin Phoenix and Maya Rudolph. This will be the first adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s detective novel and is set for release in 2014.
Witherspoon was last seen in the Atom Egoyan’s drama DEVIL’S KNOT, with Colin Firth, based on the notorious ‘West Memphis Three’ case. She plays ‘Pam Hobbs,’ the mother of one of three young murder victims. The film debuted at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to that, Witherspoon starred in Jeff Nichols’s coming-of-age drama MUD, alongside Matthew McConaughey. The film premiered to rave reviews in competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and its domestic debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Previously, Witherspoon was seen in 20th Century Fox’s romantic comedy THIS MEANS WAR, directed by McG. She starred alongside Tom Hardy and Chris Pine as victims of a love triangle in which two CIA agents, who are best friends, discover that they are dating the same woman. Witherspoon was also seen in the period love story WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, with Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz.
In 2009, Witherspoon was heard as the voice of ‘Susan Murphy’ in the 2009 animated film MONSTERS VS. ALIENS, and she also starred opposite Vince Vaughn in the hit comedy FOUR CHRISTMASES. In 2010, she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Witherspoon strongly supports the passage of the International Violence Against Women Act, which creates a comprehensive approach to combat violence. Witherspoon has been active on behalf of the Rape Treatment Center at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Save the Children. She currently serves on the board of the Children’s Defense Fund, with whom she has been involved for many years, raising money and awareness for their many programs. Since 2010, Witherspoon has been actively involved in Stand Up to Cancer and recently hosted their annual benefit.
22In 2006, her extraordinary performance as ‘June Carter Cash’ in the 20th Century Fox bio-pic WALK THE LINE, earned her the Academy Award for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role,’ as well as the BAFTA Award, Golden Globe® Award, Screen Actors Guild AwardTM, New York Film Critics Award, Broadcast Film Critics Award, People’s Choice Award, along with eleven other awards.
She is also known for her indelible performance as ‘Tracy Flick’ in Alexander Payne's ELECTION, and the loveable ‘Elle Woods’ in the break out hits LEGALLY BLONDE and LEGALLY BLONDE 2: RED, WHITE & BLONDE.
Her other notable films credits include SWEET HOME ALABAMA, which was the largest opening at the time for a female-driven romantic comedy, Mira Nair's VANITY FAIR, Gary Ross' PLEASANTVILLE, and the teen cult classic CRUEL INTENTIONS.
LAURA DERN (Bobbi) has proven to be one of the great actresses of her generation, touching audiences and critics alike with her moving and heartfelt performances. In celebration of their family legacy in film and television, Dern, her mother, Diane Ladd, and her father, Bruce Dern, were awarded with the first ever ‘Family Star Ceremony’ on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the ‘Hollywood Legacy Award’ from the Hollywood Entertainment Museum. Dern recently appeared in the film adaptation of John Green’s novel, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. Starring alongside Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff, Dern plays the mother of ‘Hazel Grace,’ a young girl who falls in love as she battles terminal cancer. For her lead role as ‘Amy Jellicoe’ in the critically acclaimed series “Enlightened,” which she also executive produced and co-created, alongside writer and director Mike White, Dern received the Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Actress in a Television Series’ in 2012 and a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination for ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series’ in 2013. The series also garnered a Golden Globe nomination for ‘Best Television Comedy’ in 2012 as well. In September 2012, Dern was seen in Paul Thomas Anderson’s THE MASTER, which also starred Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, and in 2010, she was featured in Dan Rush’s EVERYTHING MUST GO, with Will Ferrell and Rebecca Hall. Also in 2010, Dern appeared in Universal Pictures’ LITTLE FOCKERS, which starred Robert DeNiro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and Barbra Streisand. In 2008, HBO’s “Recount,” which was directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong, revisited the controversial 2000 presidential election in Florida. Dern starred alongside Kevin Spacey, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley, Jr., John Hurt, Denis Leary, Bruce McGill, and Tom Wilkinson. For her performance as ‘Katherine Harris,’ she earned a 2008 Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television,’ as well as nominations for an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
In 2007, Dern starred in Mike White’s YEAR OF THE DOG, alongside Molly Shannon, Peter Sarsgaard and Regina King, and in 2006, she starred as three different characters in David Lynch’s feature film INLAND EMPIRE, which received a “Special Distinction Award” at the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards. In 2005, Dern filmed Todd Robinson’s LONELY HEARTS and appeared in a supporting role in the Don Roos’ HAPPY ENDINGS, with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lisa Kudrow, Tom Arnold, Jason Ritter, and Bobby Cannavale. Dern also appeared with Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson in the 2005 Dreamworks film THE PRIZE WINNER OF DEFIANCE OHIO, directed by Jane Anderson, and in 2004, Dern starred opposite Mark Ruffalo in WE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE. Dern appeared in a diverse selection of roles in three very different films in 2001. She starred alongside Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer in I AM SAM, as Steve Martin’s suspicious dental hygienist girlfriend in NOVOCAINE and opposite William H. Macy in Neal Slavin’s FOCUS. That same year, Dern also had a cameo appearance in Universal Pictures’ JURASSIC PARK III.
On television in 2001, Dern starred and produced Showtime’s “Damaged Care.” Earlier that year, Dern appeared in Lifetime Television’s “Within These Walls,” opposite Ellen Burstyn. She also starred in Showtime’s “Daddy and Them,” a film written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton. In January of 1999, the Sundance Institute presented Dern with the ‘Piper Heidseick Award for Independent Vision.’ Each year, this award is bestowed by the Sundance Film Festival in recognition of the original voice and vision of an actor whose work reveals commitment to independent spirit and artistic merit. In 1996, she starred in Miramax Films' critically acclaimed black comedy CITIZEN RUTH, directed by Alexander Payne. CITIZEN RUTH was screened at the Montreal Film Festival, where Dern was awarded ‘Best Actress’ for her role. In 1993, she starred opposite Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum in Steven Spielberg's worldwide phenomenon and record-breaking box office success JURASSIC PARK. Later that year, she starred opposite Clint Eastwood and Kevin Costner in A PERFECT WORLD, which Eastwood also directed. In 1992, Dern received both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for her performance as ‘Rose’ in the acclaimed film RAMBLING ROSE, directed by Martha Coolidge and co-starring Dern’s mother, Diane Ladd. RAMBLING ROSE was the first and only film that a mother and daughter team earned Academy Award nominations for the same project. In 1985, Dern won the Los Angeles Film Critics' ‘New Generation Award’ for her performances in SMOOTH TALK and MASK.
In 1986, she starred in David Lynch’s BLUE VELVET, and in 1990, she played the lead role opposite Nicolas Cage in Lynch’s WILD AT HEART, which won the Palme d' Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. Dern's other film credits include Robert Altman’s DR. T AND THE WOMEN, OCTOBER SKY, FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY, HAUNTED SUMMER, TEACHERS, FOXES, and LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, THE FABULOUS STAINS. Dern made her directorial debut with a short film called “The Gift,” which aired as part of Showtime's "Directed By" series in October 1994. The cast included Mary Steenburgen, Bonnie Bedelia, Isabella Rossellini, Mary Kay Place, Peter Horton and Diane Ladd. In 1997, Dern was nominated for an Emmy Award and won an American Comedy Award for her guest-starring role on "Ellen." She received a 1998 Golden Globe nomination for her role in Jane Anderson's Peabody Award winning film, "The Baby Dance." Dern received the Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television,’ as well as Emmy and Cable ACE nominations, for her starring role in the 1992 telefilm "Afterburn." Her other work on television includes Showtime’s critically acclaimed film noir series “Fallen Angels,” for which she received an Emmy nomination, and Showtime’s original film "Down Came a Blackbird," which she also produced and starred opposite Vanessa Redgrave and Raul Julia. Dern resides in Los Angeles with her two children.
THOMAS SADOSKI (Paul) stars as ‘Don Keefer’ on HBO’s Golden Globe-nominated Aaron Sorkin series “The Newsroom,” which just finished its second season. Set at the fictional Atlantis Cable News channel, the series revolves around the team behind ‘News Night,’ the network’s flagship broadcast. It also stars Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer. Earlier this year, Sadoski filmed THE DRAMATICS, which was written by Kat Foster and starred Rosemarie DeWitt.
A veteran of the stage, Sadoski has earned rave reviews for his performances in a wide variety of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. His most recent return to the New York stage was in the Broadway production of Other Desert Cities, a role that earned him an Obie® Award and Lucille Lortel Award when it originally premiered Off-Broadway at the Lincoln Center.
Sadoski’s other Broadway credits include Neil LaBute’s Reasons to Be Pretty, for which he originated the role Off-Broadway and received nominations for a Tony® Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Drama League Award and a Drama Desk Award; The House of Blue Leaves and Reckless, which was his Broadway debut opposite Mary-Louise Parker.
Sadoski’s Off-Broadway credits include Sam Mendes’s Bridge Project productions of As You Like It and The Tempest, which was performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Old Vic Theatre and on a seven-country international tour; Becky Shaw, for which he received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination; This is Our Youth; Gemini; Stay; Where We’re Born; the world premiere of Elizabeth Merriweather’s The Mistakes Madeline Made; Jump/Cut and The General From America. Additionally, Sadoski starred in a critically acclaimed version of David Sedaris’ one-man show SantaLand Diaries at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theater. The show was performed for two consecutive seasons due to popular demand, and it was performed for four years at the Williamstown Theater Festival.
He also starred in the world premiere of Michael Golamco’s Build, directed by Will Frears at the Geffen Playhouse last fall. Sadoski’s additional television credits include roles on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Ugly Betty,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order,” and “As the World Turns.” His film credits include 30 BEATS, THE NEW TWENTY, “Circle Drawers,” LOSER, HAPPY HOUR, and WINTER SOLSTICE. A graduate of Circle in the Square Theater School in New York City, Sadoski has worked extensively in helping to develop new theatrical works at New Dramatists, The Lark, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and the Sundance Institute. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
MICHIEL HUISMAN (Jonathan) is a Dutch actor who is best known for displaying his talents as both an actor and musician during the four seasons of HBO's hit series “Treme,” playing ‘Sonny,’ the street musician with dreams of breaking into the New Orleans music scene. Since the end of the series in 2012, Huisman has continued to work internationally in a wide range of film and television roles. He recently filmed THE AGE OF ADALINE, opposite Blake Lively. The film is due for release in 2015.
This year, Huisman will be seen in the second season of the hit BBC America series “Orphan Black,” playing ‘Cal Morrison,’ a rugged and resourceful outdoorsman. He will also be returning for the second season of the ABC series “Nashville,” reprising his role as bad-boy music producer ‘Liam McGuinnis,’ and he’ll be appearing in the fourth season of HBO's “Game of Thrones,” playing ‘Daario Naharis,’ the leader of a band of mercenaries and a love interest to Emilia Clarke's ‘Daenerys.’
His previous film credits include Paramount Pictures’ film adaptation of Max Brooks' best- selling novel, WORLD WAR Z, opposite Brad Pitt; the independent feature THE YOUNG VICTORIA, with Emily Blunt, and Janusz Kaminski’s AMERICAN DREAM.
GABY HOFFMANN (Aimie) was recently nominated for a 2014 Independent Spirit Award for her work in CRYSTAL FAIRY & THE MAGICAL CACTUS, co-starring Michael Cera. Hoffmann has recently appeared in VERONICA MARS; HBO’s acclaimed “Girls,” which was created by and stars Lena Dunham; the television series “Louie” and the Amazon.com web series “Transparent.”
Hoffmann rose to prominence as a child actor, debuting in the Kevin Costner classic FIELD OF DREAMS. She later appeared in UNCLE BUCK, Nora Ephron’s THIS IS MY LIFE, and SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE. Hoffmann began her transition to teenage and adult roles with the films
26NOW AND THEN, 200 CIGARETTES, YOU CAN COUNT ON ME, MAN WITHOUT A FACE, VOLCANO, and Woody Allen’s EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU.
Her other film credits include BURMA, GOODBYE WORLD, OBVIOUS CHILD, THE SURROGATE, MARY, NATE & MARGARET, CONFIDENTE, TZAMETTI 13, LIFE DURING WARTIME, BLACK AND WHITE, COMING SOON, ALL I WANNA DO, and SNAPPED.
In 1994, Hoffmann starred in her own NBC sitcom called “Someone Like Me.” Her other television work includes the films “Freaky Friday” and “Whose Daughter is She?” as well as appearances in “The Good Wife,” “Private Practice,” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.”
After graduating from Bard College in 2003, Hoffmann concentrated on a theatre career, appearing in plays such as Third at the Lincoln Center, Suburbia on Broadway, and 24 Hour Plays, alongside Jennifer Aniston.
In 2008, Hoffmann appeared in the documentary CHELSEA ON THE ROCKS, a tribute to the legendary Chelsea Hotel, where her mother raised her. Hoffmann’s childhood at the landmarked Chelsea inspired the children’s book Gaby at the Chelsea.
The award winning DALLAS BUYERS CLUB marked the third film for actor KEVIN RANKIN (Greg) in 2013. He also appeared in Roland Emmerich’s WHITE HOUSE DOWN, in which he played opposite Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Jason Clarke, and Joey King, and Wayne Kramer’s PAWN SHOP CHRONICLES with Matt Dillon and Paul Walker.
Rankin recently made his feature producing debut and co-starred in the independent film CONGRATULATIONS, directed by Juan Cardarelli and Eric Levy. He also appeared in Matt Reeves’ DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, with Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, and Andy Serkis. His previous film credits include Robert Duvall’s THE APOSTLE and Ang Lee’s THE HULK.
The Louisiana native’s breakthrough performance was a recurring role, appearing alongside Seth Rogen and Amy Poehler, on the cult classic television series “Undeclared,” created by Judd Apatow. Rankin also had notable recurring television roles on “Friday Night Lights” and “Justified.” He also had guest arcs on the final seasons of “Six Feet Under,” “Big Love” and “Breaking Bad” as well as regular roles on “Trauma” and “Unforgettable.”
Among his many film and television credits, W. EARL BROWN (Frank) is most recognized for his portrayal of ‘Warren’ in the classic comedy THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY and for playing ‘Dan Dority’ on HBO’s “Deadwood,” in which he also worked on the writing staff.
Recently, Brown appeared in the feature films THE LONE RANGER, director Ivan Reitman’s DRAFT DAY, the Oscar nominated THE MASTER, and THE SESSIONS. His other
27notable film credits include films like BEING JOHN MALKOVICH and SCREAM. In addition to his acting credits, Brown wrote and produced BLOODWORTH for Samuel Goldwyn Films in 2010.
Brown also has appeared in television shows such as “American Horror Story,” “Bates Motel,” “Justified,” “NYPD Blue,” “Pysch,” “Six Feet Under,” “Seinfeld,” “The X-Files,” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
Also this year, he did motion capture and voice over work on the critically acclaimed video game “The Last of Us.”
In addition to his film and television work, Brown writes and records with his Los Angeles band ‘Sacred Cowboys.’
From a complex Black Panther leader opposite David Oyelowo, to a big contract professional ball player opposite Liev Schreiber, actor MO McRAE (Jimmy Carter) has been booking roles in some of hottest projects in film and television.
He was recently seen as ‘Eldridge Huggins’ in the highly acclaimed feature film THE BUTLER, directed by Lee Daniels and starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Melissa Leo, Alex Pettyfer, and Robin Williams. Currently, McRae also has recurring roles on the hit FX series “Sons of Anarchy” as ‘Tyler,’ and Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” as ‘Deonte Frasier.’ In 2012, he also appeared in the pilot “Prodigy Bully.”
Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, McRae is the oldest of three children. He developed an affinity for the performing arts while attending Washington Preparatory High School, where a drama teacher encouraged him to pursue acting.
Immediately after graduating high school, where he made the decision to become a full time actor, McRae took a job as a bagger at Ralph’s grocery store on Third and LaBrea in Los Angeles. While working his day job, McRae dedicated his spare time to a program called ‘Assemblies in Motion,’ using poetry and music to help educate and empower the underserved community. While at an event for ‘Assemblies in Motion,’ he was approached by an agent who offered to work with him. McRae signed with him a week later and immediately started booking jobs.
Within weeks, he had landed six national commercials and quickly booked his first feature film, the critically acclaimed, Oscar nominated THIRTEEN for Fox Searchlight Pictures. He went on to appear in Sony Pictures Entertainment’s GRIDIRON GANG, and the indie film EVERYDAY BLACK MAN.
McRae has also made his mark on the television front, appearing on television series such as “NYPD Blue,” “Boston Public,” “Becker,” “The District,” “The Shield,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “ER,” “Cold Case,” “Southland,” “Detroit 1-8-7,” “The Defenders,” and “CSI: NY.”
When not working, McRae loves to spend time with his daughter, ride motorcycles, watch movies and exercise to keep in shape. He is also an active supporter of the charity Kids in the Spotlight.
In 2013, KEENE McRAE (Leif) made his feature film debut playing the rock star ‘Sting’ in CBGB, a look at the New York City venerable punk-rock nightclub.
The newcomer has also appeared in the short film THE DARK ROAD and the television series “Fear Force Five.”