Reese Witherspoon coming to Oregon for “Wild”



ASHLAND, Ore. — People with tattoos, piercings and dreadlocks have a chance to be cast as extras when the makers of the movie “Wild” come to Ashland to film a few scenes.

The Daily Tidings reports star Reese Witherspoon and the crew filming the memoire of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail will be shooting scenes at a local restaurant, the downtown Plaza and the post office on Oct. 22.

The movie is based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoire of hiking from Mexico to Canada after her mother died of cancer. One chapter deals with a stop in Ashland, which is used to actors, being home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

City Executive Secretary Diana Shiplet says the movie takes place in the 1990s, and Witherspoon’s character comes to Ashland the day people are mourning the death of the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia.