Casting: Dern, Rabe, Wiggins, Jerins

Laura Dern is set to play Reese Witherspoon’s mother in Jean-Marc Vallee’s adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir “Wild”. Filming began last week in Oregon.

Witherspoon plays a woman hiking the 1000-mile Pacific Crest Trail alone in a search for meaning in her life following the death of her mother years before, and a collapsed marriage. [Source: Vulture]

Pawn Sacrifice
Lily Rabe (“American Horror Story”) has joined Tobey Maguire in Ed Zwick’s “Pawn Sacrifice”, a biopic about troubled American chess champion Bobby Fischer.

Rabe will play Fischer’s sister Joan. Zwick, Maguire and Gail Katz are producing, while Steven Knight wrote the script. [Source: Deadline]

Laura Wiggins (“Shameless”), Callie Thorne (“Necessary Roughness”), Izabella Miko, Marcus Giamatti, and Sharon Lawrence have joined the dramatic thriller “Thinspiration” at Indy Entertainment.

Wiggins plays a 17-year-old dancer who becomes possessed by the dark world of pro-anorexia websites. Thorne plays her mother, while Miko is the webmaster who inspires the young woman to starve herself. Filming is now underway. [Source: Deadline]

The Coup
Sterling Jerins has signed on for a role in John Eric Dowdle’s action thriller “The Coup” alongside Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan.

The story follows a family of Americans who move overseas and find themselves caught up in a coup that begins executing foreigners. They frantically try to find a way to escape. [Source: Deadline]