Two very in-demand talents in Hollywood are set to team up, as Olivia Wilde has set Thomasin McKenzie to play Kerri Strug in her upcoming film Perfect.
Wilde’s film, written by Ronnie Sandahl, is set up at Searchlight Pictures, and will chart the Olympic gymnast’s story that led to her historic vault that earned the United States its first ever gold for the Olympic gymnastics team.
Wilde and McKenzie are both the kind of talents who have eyes on their every move at the moment. After earning critical adoration for her debut directorial feature Booksmart, Wilde has already shot her sophomore feature, the Florence Pugh and Harry Styles starring Don’t Worry Darling.
While she’s been working on post for that film, Wilde and her team were on a hunt for the right actress to play Strug. According to Deadline, McKenzie blew them away at her audition to land the part. The actress has been impressing people a lot lately, having earned praise for her performances in films like Leave No Trace and Jojo Rabbit. She’s got several highly anticipated projects coming soon, including the new M. Night Shyamalan film Old and Last Night in Soho from Edgar Wright, both coming this year.