Jackson McHenry
July 10, 2014 AT 07:39 PM EDT

Reese Witherspoon’s looking to find herself—and maybe a little awards recognition along the way.

The just-released trailer for Wild finds Witherspoon playing real-life author Cheryl Strayed, who decided to take a 1,000-mile-plus hike along the Pacific Crest Trail alone to atone for years of addictive and destructive behavior. The film is based on the book Strayed wrote about the experience.

Given the upcoming slate of films starring the Oscar-winner (including Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice), it looks like Witherspoon is prepping for a possible Matthew McConaughey-like career resurgence. And it’s worth noting that Witherspoon starred in Mud, which arguably started the “McConnaissance,” and is now working with Jean-Marc Vallée, who directed Dallas Buyers Club, which earned McConaughey an Oscar.

Wild is adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby (An Education), and it also stars Laura Dern (Enlightened), Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom), Gaby Hoffmann (Girls), Kevin Rankin (Dallas Buyers Club), and Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones).

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