Perfect: Olivia Wilde to direct biopic about Olympic gold medalist Kerri Strug
Coming off by the critically-acclaimed victory of Booksmart, Olivia Wilde has officially set her next directing project in the form of a new biographical drama movie titled Perfect which revolves around legendary gymnast Kerri Strug’s successful victory in the 1996 Olympics. The film will be penned by Ronnie Sandahl, who’s no stranger to the sports drama genre because his most recent writing credits was the 2017 biopic Borg vs. McEnroe which starred Shia LaBeouf.
“This is a picture about what real power resembles,” Wilde said in a statement (through Deadline). “It is an excruciatingly beautiful underdog story that will thrust the audience to 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 exactly the exact same time, it’s unlike any sports movie you have seen before.”
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According to Strug and John P. Lopez’s book Landing On My Feet, A Diary Of Dreams, the movie will tell the true story of Kerri Strug’s inspiring Olympic journey. In 1996, she was part of the U.S. women’s gymnastic team who was famously referred to as the Magnificent Seven. Due to a bad fall from her first effort, Strug finished the last vault despite having a badly injured shoulder during the last turning against the Russian team. Due to determination and her perseverance, Team USA’s first gold medal had been earned by Strug and was hailed as a National Sports hero.
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Perfect will be executive produced by Wilde, Deepak Nayer, Marisa Clifford and Sandahl with Riverstone Pictures’ Nik Bower and Pulse Films’ Thomas Benski serving as producer. Whilst the sales will be handled by FilmNation, Moss Barclay and jeremy Baxter will produce the film.
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Interestingly enough, Wilde most recently starred in Clint Eastwood’s biopic play Richard Jewell which told the story of a security guard who saved thousands of lives from an exploding bomb in the 1996 Olympics. Wilde is also set to direct and star in New Line Cinema’s period thriller movie Don’t Worry Darling.
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