Reese Witherspoon will chill in ''Whiteout.'' The ''Sweet Home Alabama'' star will play a U.S. Marshal tracking a killer in Antarctica

By Gary Susman
November 05, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

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Reese Witherspoon continues to lay down the law. After her stints as a Congressional page in ”Election,” a law student in ”Legally Blonde,” and a Washington lobbyist in the upcoming ”Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde,” she’ll get to enforce the law in ”Whiteout.” She’ll play a U.S. marshal tracking a killer in Antarctica in the Universal release, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The story, based on a graphic novel written by Greg Rucka and illustrated by Steve Lieber, is about a marshal named Carrie Stetko who investigates a murder near the South Pole (isn’t that a little out of a U.S. marshal’s jurisdiction?) and must catch the killer before the six-month sunset traps her on the ice with him in the dark. Before ”Whiteout,” the ”Sweet Home Alabama” star will get to shoot two movies in warmer climes. ”Legally Blonde 2” shoots this month and will be released on Independence Day weekend next summer. And in spring 2003, she’ll shoot ”Vanity Fair,” based on the 19th century novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, for release at the end of the year.

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