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Olivia Wilde to direct Kerri Strug biopic Perfect

Cowboys and Aliens

Story by Jack Foley

OLIVIA Wilde is returning to the director’s chair for a new biopic on the life of Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug.

Entitled Perfect, the film will chronicle the extraordinary true story of Strug’s triumph against the odds at the 1996 Olympics, where she helped Team USA to win their first gold medal.

The athlete was hailed as an American hero when she completed her final vault at the Atlanta Olympics on a badly injured ankle to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

The iconic images, seen the world over, did not tell the whole story, however, as they did not show the price she paid.

The film will be based on the book Landing on my Feet, a Diary of Dreams, co-written by Strug and John P. Lopez.

Commenting on the inspiration behind the film, Wilde said: “This is a film about what real power looks like. It is an excruciatingly beautiful underdog story that will thrust the audience into the heart of Kerri Strug with unblinking, raw honesty.

“It is an epic sports movie that will deliver on all the wish-fulfilment that makes those films so thrilling to watch. At the same time, it is unlike any sports movie you have seen before.”

Ronnie Sandahl has penned the screenplay. His last screenplay, Borg vs McEnroe, was another sports story, directed by Janus Metz and starring Shia LaBeouf and Sverrir Gudnason. It was nominated for 10 Swedish Oscars.

Wilde is currently riding high off the success of her directorial debut, Booksmart, which picked up an Independent Spirit Award for best first feature. Prior to Perfect, the former House star is directing, starring in and producing Don’t Worry, Darling for Newline.