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The Fox Searchlight film, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, centers on a woman (Witherspoon) who decides to leave her troubled life behind and hike the Pacific Crest Trail alone. The 2,663-mile trail runs from the Mexico border up to the Canadian border on the West Coast.
Van Holt will play an Oregon park ranger who woos Witherspoon’s character. The movie is currently shooting.
Nick Hornby wrote the screenplay, and Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea, who originally optioned Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir through their Pacific Standard banner, will produce with River Road Entertainment’s Bill Pohlad.
Van Holt, best known for playing Bobby Cobb on the TV comedy Cougar Town, most recently appeared on FX’s drama The Bridge. His film credits include Bullet to the Head starring Sylvester Stallone, and Black Hawk Down. He’s repped by APA and Circle of Confusion.
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