Reese Witherspoon to star in new movie written by Nick Hornby

It's based on the real-life story of a woman's 1100 mile solo hike across America

Reese Witherspoon is to star in a new movie written by Nick Hornby.

Hornby has signed up to adapt Cheryl Strayed‘s memoir Wild for the big screen. The book tells the real-life story of Strayed’s 1100-mile solo hike across America, which she took as a way of regaining control following the death of her mother and breakdown of her marriage.

As well as starring as Strayed, Witherspoon is one of the movie’s producers and apparently picked Hornby personally to write the script. She told Deadline: “Nick’s innate blend of humanity and humour are a perfect match for Cheryl’s raw emotional memoir. I look forward to collaborating with both of these talented writers to create a film full of honesty, adventure and self discovery.”

Meanwhile, Hornby added: “I loved Cheryl Strayed’s memoir. It’s moving, funny, painful and brave, and the moment I’d finished it I wanted someone to let me have a go at adapting it, because it was clear to me that it could make a wonderful movie. I’m thrilled to be given the chance; the fact that this chance was given to me by Reese Witherspoon, a great actress who feels exactly the same way about the book as I do, makes this project all the more exciting.”

Strayed will be the second book that Hornby has adapted for the big screen. He has recently written a script based on Colm Toibin novel’s Brooklyn that is being made into a movie starring Rooney Mara.

Hornby, who is best known as a novelist, has previously seen his own books About A Boy, High Fidelity and Fever Pitch turned into feature films.