Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal join Rendition

With an Oscar in her pocket, Reese Witherspoon can obviously be a little choosier about who she works with. And it makes sense that she’d team up with Gavin Hood, who nabbed his own golden baldie at this year’s ceremony for African gangster drama Tsotsi.

Witherspoon will star with Jake Gyllenhaal in Hood’s next film, Rendition, written by Kelly Sane. The plot finds a CIA analyst (Gyllenhaal) whose world starts spinning out of control when he witnesses the brutal interrogation of an Egyptian-American by the Egyptian secret police. Soon, he’s on the run for his life, and must in turn help the tortured man’s pregnant American wife Isabella El-Ibrahim (Witherspoon).

Hood will start a hefty shooting schedule in November that encompasses work in LA, Washington, Mexico, Morocco and South Africa.