By Adam Carlson
May 07, 2013 at 07:15 PM EDT
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Reese Witherspoon is reteaming with James Mangold, who directed her to a Best Actress Oscar with 2005’s Walk the Line. The actress will star in Mangold’s Three Little Words, an adaptation of Ashley Rhodes-Courter’s memoir which has been in the works since 2009.

Words follows Rhodes-Courter’s struggles, and eventual triumph, during nine years in the foster care system. Witherspoon will play a volunteer who works with the girl after her time in the system — and must track down the girl’s biological mother in order to convince her to give up her parental rights.

Amanda Seyfried is in talks to star alongside Witherspoon. Lewis Colick and Michael Petroni are writing the adaptation; and Cathy Konrad, who previously produced Mangold’s 3:10 to YumaWalk the Line, and Girl, Interrupted, has joined with her Tree Line Films. Actress Jami Gertz’s Lime Orchard Productions will partner.

Shooting is planned for September in Florida.

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