Laura Dern to Play Reese Witherspoon’s Mom

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Actress Laura Dern attends the "Nebraska" premiere during the 51st New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on October 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images) Photo: Jemal Countess/2013 Getty Images

Deadline reports that Laura Dern has been cast to play Reese Witherspoon's mother in Wild. The Nick Hornby-written adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s popular 2012 memoir focuses on a young woman (Witherspoon) who walks the 1,000-mile Pacific Crest Trail alone as a way to come to terms with a broken marriage, her drug use, and the death of her mother. One might say she's hoping to be Enlightened and they would've totally nailed it.