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William Hurt Goes Into the Wild

Published June 8, 2006 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage.
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Sean Penn continues to collect an all-star cast for his upcoming film Into the Wild. Back in May both Vince Vaughn and Catherine Keener joined Emile Hirsch on the film and now we have two more who are both Oscar winners.

Hurt, Harden for Into the Wild

According to THR, Paramount Pictures has picked up William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden to join the cast of Into the Wild. The film, directed by Sean Penn, will be distributed by Paramount Vantage.

Based on Jon Krakauer's non-fiction book, the story centers on Christopher McCandless (Hirsch), who graduated from college in 1992, abandoned his possessions and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness and return to nature. He died four months later in an abandoned bus at a remote campsite. Hurt and Harden will play McCandless' parents.

Sean Penn will also produce the film with Art Linson and William M. Pohlad.

Emile Hirsch can be seen in the upcoming film Alpha Dog; which is now under Universal.

William Hurt, whose recent credits include Syriana and A History of Violence, for which he received a best supporting actor Oscar nomination and a bullet through the head, will next appear in Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd. Hurt won an Academy Award for his role in Kiss of the Spider Woman.

Marcia Gay Harden has previous experience with Sean Penn on the set of Mystic River. Harden won an Academy Award for her role in Pollock.

Stay tuned for updates.

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