Olivia Wilde To Direct Heroic American Gymnast’s Biopic

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February 14, 2020 | 11:10am EST

Actress turned filmmaker Olivia Wilde is to direct a biopic of heroic American gymnast Kerri Strug.
Strug won her nation’s hearts at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, by completing a final, gold medal-winning vault in the team competition on a badly injured ankle that later required treatment for ligament damage.
Speaking about the film, titled Perfect and based on the book Landing On My Feet, A Diary Of Dreams by Strug and John P. Lopez, Wilde tells Deadline she is delighted to bring a true underdog story to the screen.
“This is a film about what real power looks like,” she says. “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.”
Iconic photographs showed Strug being carried on to the podium to accept her gold medal with her teammates before heading to the hospital. Her achievement made her an American hero who was visited by President Clinton and made the cover of Sports Illustrated.
The script for the film will be penned by Borg/McEnroe writer Ronnie Sandahl.
Wilde won widespread acclaim for her directorial debut Booksmart last year (19), which won her an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.