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Oscar Winners Hurt & Harden Join Penn's 'Wild' Ride

Marcia Gay HardenAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, writer/director Sean Penn has hooked two more mega stars to join the heavy-hitting cast of "Into the Wild."

Oscar winners William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden have signed on to co-star in the film. Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn and Catherine Keener are already signed on to the project.

Based on the non-fiction book by Jon Krakauer, the story centers on Christopher McCandless who, shortly after graduating from college in 1992, abandoned his car, burned all of his money, gave away his savings and disappeared. He was found dead four months later (apparently after having eaten wild potato seeds) in an abandoned bus at a remote campsite. Hurt and Harden will play McCandless' parents.

Hurt, whose recent role in "A History of Violence" snagged him a best supporting actor Oscar nomination, is set to next appear in Robert De Niro's "The Good Shepherd." The four-time nominee won a best actor Academy Award for 1985's "Kiss of the Spider Woman."

Harden, whose recent credits include "American Dreamz," was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting turn in "Mystic River" (which also starred Penn). She won an Academy Award for best supporting actress for 2000's "Pollock."

"Into the Wild" is currently set for a 2007 release date. -- Shannon Nolley

Posted by Shannon on June 8, 2006 10:15 PM
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