A source has confirmed to WW that the movie adaptation of Wild, Cheryl Strayed’s memoir about hiking part of the Pacific Crest Trail, will be filmed in Oregon.
Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon
(Walk the Line
, Legally Blonde
) is set to star as Strayed, who lives in Portland. Witherspoon is also producing.
According to the source, filming will begin in late September or early October and will take place in and around Portland and Mount Hood. More arid parts of the state will likely double for northern California. Because Strayed’s 1,100-mile solo journey ended at the Bridge of the Gods, that other Columbia River crossing will probably appear in the movie.
Though not a multimillion-dollar blockbuster, the project will still fill a void for local film crew, according to the source. Last summer, three projects—Grimm, Portlandia and Leverage—were shot in Portland, but Leverage was cancelled last winter. By securing Wild, the source added, it's clear Oregon has the necessary talent to support two to three simultaneous projects, which wasn’t true several years ago.
No director has yet been attached to the project.