Wild Bunch: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Author Cheryl Strayed Reunite for HBO Project
The trio – who got close while filming last year’s Oscar-nominated film – are teaming up once again for an HBO series based on Strayed’s “Dear Sugar” advice column, Strayed confirmed to The Oregonian.
“It will be a drama with a lot of humor in it,” Strayed told the paper. “We’re really excited about it.”
Strayed said the show is tentatively titled Tiny Beautiful Things, with Dern expected to portray her in the series. Witherspoon could have a role as well.
It’s a change from Wild, which earned Witherspoon an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Strayed’s emotional solo hike along the Pacific Coast Trail following her mother’s death and Strayed’s own subsequent heroin addiction. Dern portrayed Witherspoon’s mother in the film.
Strayed told The Oregonian HBO bought the idea “in the room.” She said she pitched the show to the cable channel with her husband, filmmaker Brian Lindstrom, along with “Reese on one side of me and Laura on the other.” (HBO confirmed the deal to the paper, but explained the series wasn’t fully “green-lit” yet.)
This isn’t the only time the three women have reunited. In August, Witherspoon shared images of the trio hiking along a path together in Oregon. “I’d adventure anywhere with these two ladies” she captioned one shot.
Tiny Beautiful Things is the name of Strayed’s 2012 best-selling book, which features her best advice from her “Dear Sugar” column. The title is taken from a 2011 letter in which a 22-year-old asks Strayed to reveal what advice she would give her 20-something former self.
“One hot afternoon during the era in which you’ve gotten yourself ridiculously tangled up with heroin you will be riding the bus and thinking what a worthless piece of crap you are when a little girl will get on the bus holding the strings of two purple balloons,” she wrote in response. “She’ll offer you one of the balloons, but you won’t take it because you believe you no longer have a right to such tiny beautiful things. You’re wrong. You do.”