Reese Witherspoon, post-arrest, keeps signing onto movies

It's almost like she's trying to direct our attention to her career! Why could that be?

Topics: reese witherspoon, Gone Girl, men are from mars, women are from venus, inherent vice, Paul Thomas Anderson,

Reese Witherspoon, post-arrest, keeps signing onto moviesReese Witherspoon arrives at the 85th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP) (Credit: John Shearer/invision/ap)

Reese Witherspoon, the actress known of late for underperformers like “This Means War” and “Water for Elephants,” has all of a sudden been announcing a whole bunch of new projects. She’s more busy than she’s been in years! Could it be the critical buzz around her tiny indie “Mud”?

Well, probably not. Witherspoon may be trying to get some good news out there after her arrest in April for disorderly conduct. In the past month, she’s signed on for or has circled several new projects:

  • Depth of Field,” a comedy about a sports journalist
  • Passengers,” a “sci-fi romance” costarring Keanu Reeves
  • Three Little Words,” a drama about a child-services volunteer
  • Inherent Vice,” the Paul Thomas Anderson film based on a Thomas Pynchon novel (Witherspoon had reportedly been offered the female lead role in “The Master,” Anderson’s last movie. So we’ll see what happens with these movies.)

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That’s a lot to take on for an actress whose IMDb page lists several other projects in several stages of development (a drama about a Sudanese refugee; a fantastical romantic comedy; a film based on a self-help book), and one who’s been developing the bestseller “Gone Girl” as a possible star vehicle. We wish Witherspoon luck in juggling all of these newly announced projects — or, if she must drop out of a few, luck in pushing the ongoing story of her arrest down in her Google News results.

Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_

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