'Butler' Actor Joins Reese Witherspoon in 'Wild' (Exclusive)

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Mo McRae

Mo McRae is joining the drama, which is being directed by Jean-Marc Vallee.

Mo McRae, last seen in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, has joined the cast of Wild, Fox Searchlight’s Reese Witherspoon drama being directed by Jean-Marc Vallee.

Wild centers on a young woman, who, to absolve herself of the sins of her tragic life and seek a new start, hikes a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. It is based on the book Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, written by Cheryl Strayed and published by Knopf on March 20, 2012.

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The film has been described tonally to be in the vein of Into the Wild, the Sean Penn-directed drama that starred Emile Hirsch.

McRae will play a journalist for the Hobo Times who encounters Witherspoon’s character as she hitches a ride on a mountain road.

The movie is currently shooting.

McRae is currently onscreen in Butler, where he plays Black Panthers leader Eldridge Huggins. The film has grossed more than $108 million to date.

The actor, who is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment, also recently appeared on Showtime’s acclaimed show Ray Donovan.