See the debut trailer for 'Wild' -- Cheryl Strayed is wild about it

Cheryl Strayed is wild about 'Wild.' See the trailer.

Cheryl Strayed's memoir "Wild" is a story of her solo hike along the 1,000-mile Pacific Crest Trail, but it's much more than that. It's about love and grief and getting into trouble and finding a way out.

Oprah Winfrey found the book, a huge international bestseller, so compelling that she brought back her book club to celebrate it.

"Wild" was soon scooped up by Hollywood. The film, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée ("Dallas Buyers Club") and with a screenplay written by Nick Hornby, is scheduled for release Dec. 5. It will star Reese Witherspoon as Strayed on her arduous journey.

On Thursday, the first trailer was posted online.

And though some authors have a hard time seeing their work translated for the screen, Strayed is thrilled.

"Thanks for all the sweet comments about the Wild trailer! It makes me cry," she tweeted.

And to the Pacific Crest Trail Assn., she tweeted, "I'm so excited for you all to see it. @RWitherspoon gives a stunningly beautiful performance."

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