Reese Witherspoon has been slightly in the filmic wilderness for the past few years, but coming off her well received performance in Wild she’s circling for a new film from a director beloved by the Academy, as she’s in talking Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, according to Deadline.
It’s her second time round on the project, as she was previously attached way back in 2009, before Payne but the project on the backburner.
The slightly odd sounding film is about a man (Matt Damon) who decides that his life would be much better if he shrunk himself. It’s previously been described as being a social satire.
It’s not 100% clear who Witherspoon will play, although she was previously set to play a woman who met the shrinking man (who at that point was set to be played by Paul Giamatti).
The main sticking point with Witherspoon’s involvement is scheduling, as it’s believed Damon will shoot the new Jason Bourne movie before Downsizing, and so it’s difficult to pin down exactly when it will go in front of the camera at the moment.