Montreal-born filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée has always been drawn to character-driven material that’s emotional and inspiring. His strong sense of storytelling through imagery is evident in his new film, Dallas Buyers Club, based on the real-life story of Texas cowboy turned AIDS activist, Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey). Shooting the movie 100% handheld with available light, Vallee’s visceral direction enhances the richness of character and raw emotion in this drama about an imperfect man who was given a death sentence but was determined to beat the odds. Now playing in limited release, the film also stars Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner.
At a recent roundtable interview, Vallée talked about looking for the humanity in the story, his directorial approach, wanting to tell a story that’s faithful to Woodroof, finding the balance between seriousness, comedy and respecting the facts, what McConaughey brought to the role and how his way of working took Vallée out of his comfort zone, his homage to Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, how the film evolved in the editing room, the moving supermarket scene between Ron and Rayon, and his new project, Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon based on Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir. Hit the jump to read the interview:
Last week, production began on the adaption of Cheryl Strayed‘s best-selling memoir, Wild. Reese Witherspoon stars as Strayed, who decided to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone after the dissolution of her marriage and death of her mother. Witherspoon has tweeted the first image from the set, and it confirms our suspicions that such a trip will require a large backpack. It’s good to know they’re playing to the reality of the situation.
Hit the jump to check out the image. Additionally, Deadline reports that Laura Dern has joined the cast. Wild also stars Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom), the film will also co-star Michiel Huisman (World War Z), W. Earl Brown (The Lone Ranger), Gaby Hoffman (Veronica Mars), and Kevin Rankin (Dallas Buyers Club).
Principal photography has begun in Oregon for the drama Wild. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) and starring Reese Witherspoon, the story is about a woman who decides to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone after the dissolution of her marriage and death of her mother. The script by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity) is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of the same name. The press release also announces that in addition to Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom), the film will also co-star Michiel Huisman (World War Z), W. Earl Brown (The Lone Ranger), Gaby Hoffman (Veronica Mars), and Kevin Rankin (Dallas Buyers Club).
Hit the jump for the full press release, which contains the official synopsis.
Here’s a bit more casting news for you today:
- Ellie Kemper (The Office) has joined Jake Kasdan’s Sex Tape, starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel. Sex Tape opens July 18, 2014.
- Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom) is in talks to star opposite Reese Witherspoon in Jean-Marc Vallee’s Wild.
Hit the jump for more on each film.
Here’s today’s newest casting announcements:
- Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) has been confirmed for Nick Hornby’s adaptation, Wild.
- Linda Cardellini (ER), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Machinist) and Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) will join Kristen Wiig in Welcome to Me.
Hit the jump for more on both pictures.
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (An Education) is set to adapt Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, with Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) in the lead. The true-life tale tells of Strayed’s journey to traverse the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail alone after her mother died, her family fractured and her marriage failed, all at the age of 22. Witherspoon will also produce the picture along with Bruna Papandrea and River Road Entertainment’s Bill Pohlad. Hit the jump for comments from Hornby and Witherspoon, as well as a synopsis of the book.