Reese Witherspoon has had a pretty exceptional career. She was blissfully naive in Cruel Intentions, parodied the ditzy blonde stereotype in Legally Blonde, won an Oscar for Walk The Line, and is currently delivering the performance of a lifetime on the small screen, in HBO's superb Big Little Lies.
As an actress-turned-producer who hopes to break the doors down for women to take on a greater variety of roles in Hollywood, the former Elle Woods is killing it, and there's more to come — check out all of #ReeseWitherspoon's new and upcoming movies and projects, and prepare to get hyped.
1. 'Home Again' (2017)
Although it's coming this year, the indie comedy Home Again is a bit of an enigma right now. Directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer (daughter of legendary rom-com director Nancy Meyers), Home Again is the story of "a recently separated mother of two whose new life in Los Angeles is overturned when she decides to take in three young, charismatic guys."
Rose Byrne was originally cast in the lead role, but when she dropped out, Reese stepped in. Michael Sheen, Nat Wolff and Lake Bell co-star. Home Again hits theaters at some point toward the end of 2017.
2. 'A Wrinkle In Time' (2018)
Selma and 13th director Ava DuVernay makes history with this movie, becoming the first black female director to make a $100m+ blockbuster. DuVernay has broken down a lot of barriers in a very short time in Hollywood, so partnering with Witherspoon for Disney's A Wrinkle In Time makes perfect sense.
If you're not aware of A Wrinkle In Time, it's probably because it's not actually a Disney classic, but a fantasy novel written by Madeleine L'Engle. Summarizing the plot of the book isn't easy — essentially, it follows three children as they're transported through the universe by three centaurs disguised as eccentric human beings in search of a missing scientist being held hostage by a black cloud. Absolutely nothing weird about that.
Witherspoon plays Mrs. Whatsit, Oprah plays Mrs. Which, and Mindy Kaling plays Mrs. Who. The cast also includes André Holland of Moonlight, Chris Pine, Levi Miller, Zach Galifianakis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michael Peña. It's a brilliant collection of talent, so hopefully Disney can turn this story into a classic for a new generation.
A Wrinkle In Time hits theaters April 6, 2018. Expect a trailer before Christmas.
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3. 'Pale Blue Dot' (2019)
So far the genius of Noah Hawley has been restricted to TV, where he's created, written and directed the series Fargo and Legion for FX. Now he's turning to the big-screen, and Reese is his leading lady in Pale Blue Dot.
"After coming back home from a mission in space, a successful female astronaut starts to unravel when confronted by her seemingly-perfect American dream life. The story explores the theory that astronauts who spend long periods of time staring at the Earth from space begin to lose their sense of reality when they return home."
See the promo for Hawley's Fargo Season 3 above for a taste of the unique flavor he might bring to Pale Blue Dot.
Considering Reese has said her main goal with new projects is to find stories for women which haven't been told before, Pale Blue Dot seems like a smart move. It hasn't begun filming yet, so it probably won't hit theaters until around 2019.
4. 'Sing 2' (2020)
Sing was the feel-good animated musical which came from nowhere at Christmas to win audiences over and make all the money. Unsurprisingly, Universal/Illumination have set a sequel for release on Christmas Day 2020 — and you can bet that Rosita, the pig, aspiring singer and mother of 25 piglets voiced by Witherspoon, won't be hanging up her mic any time soon.
Sing 2 hits theaters December 25, 2020.
Which of Reese Witherspoon's varied array of upcoming movies are you most stoked for?