Entertainment JoJo Rabbit's Thomasin McKenzie cast as Kerri Strug in Perfect

12:15  04 may  2021
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Thomasin Mckenzie attends the BFI London Film Festival premiere of " Jojo Rabbit " in 2019. May 3 (UPI) -- Thomasin McKenzie has joined the cast of the new biopic Perfect . The Wrap confirmed Monday that McKenzie , 20, will portray Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug in the film, directed by Olivia Wilde.

Leave No Trace actor Thomasin McKenzie has been cast to play gymnast Kerri Strug in Olivia Wilde' s Perfect biopic for Searchlight, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Strug 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. Wilde will direct the biopic based on a script by Ronnie Sandhal. The producer credits are shared by Sandhal, Nik Bower and Jeremy Baxter for Riverstone Pictures and Thomas Benski and Moss Barclay for Pulse Films. Wilde will executive produce alongside Deepak

Olivia Wilde has cast "fearless" Thomasin McKenzie in 'Perfect'.

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The 37-year-old actress is helming the upcoming sports drama, which will tell the story of former Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug.

And the filmmaker heaped praise on the 20-year-old actress who she has cast in the role.

Olivia posted Deadline's news article confirming the casting on Instagram and wrote: "One reason I needed to direct movies was to work with genius women in great roles worthy of their skills. This story is complicated and challenging and heartbreaking and beautiful, and I could not imagine a better partner to tell it with than Thomasin. She is fearless, ladies and gentlemen. I bow down."

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Olivia Wilde has tapped Jojo Rabbit actress Thomasin McKenzie to play Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug in the biopic Perfect , which will shoot in January. Deadline broke the news, describing Perfect as an intimate and unflinching portrait of grit and determination that charts the story behind Strug ’ s historic Olympic vault, which secured America its first-ever gold medal in team gymnastics. Wilde will direct from a script by Ronnie Sandahl, and the two of them will also executive produce alongside Marisa Clifford and Deepak Nayar.

Strug, now 43, won high praise from fans at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, by completing a gold medal-winning vault in the team competition on a badly injured ankle which later required treatment for ligament damage.

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She had to be carried to the podium to accept her gold medal with her teammates before heading to hospital.

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Thomasin McKenzie is going for the gold. The young star has signed on to play Olympic gold medalist Kerri Strug in the upcoming biopic “ Perfect ,” from director and exec. producer Olivia Wilde. McKenzie , best known for her breakout performances in “Leave No Trace” and “ Jojo Rabbit ,” will portray Strug in the film, which is described as “an intimate and unflinching portrait of grit and determination” and tells the story behind Strug ’ s historic olympic vault which secured America’ s first-ever gold medal in team gymnastics during the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Thomasin McKenzie & Sian Clifford To Lead Cast For BBC Adaptation Of Kate Atkinson’ s ‘Life After Life’. Even although she is at the moment in publish on her subsequent directing job Don’t Worry Darling, Wilde has spent the final couple of months meeting with expertise for the position of Strug . In the tip, McKenzie audition blew away execs and Wilde together with her finally touchdown the job. Production is predicted to begin within the fall. As for McKenzie , she first launched to audiences a breakout position in Debra Granik’ s Leave No Trace for which she was acknowledged with a number

The script for the film - which will also be produced by the 'Richard Jewell' star - has been penned by 'Borg/McEnroe' writer Ronnie Sandahl, who has adapted the book 'Landing on My Feet: A Diary of Dreams' by Strug and John P. Lopez.

And Searchlight Pictures quickly acquired the script.

In a statement, Olivia previously described 'Perfect' as an "epic sports movie".

She said: "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-fulfillment that makes those films so thrilling to watch. At the same time, it is unlike any sports movie you have seen before."

New Zealand actress Thomasin won widespread acclaim for her starring role as Debra Granik in the 2018 drama 'Leave No Trace', and went on to land supporting roles in 'Jojo Rabbit' and 'True History of the Kelly Gang'.

Olivia Wilde casts 'fearless' Thomasin McKenzie in Kerri Strug biopic .
Olivia Wilde casts 'fearless' Thomasin McKenzie in Kerri Strug biopicDeadline reported that the director searched extensively for the right talent to lead the Searchlight film, which will tell the story of how Strug secured a gold medal for the United States at the 1996 Summer Olympics despite enduring a badly injured ankle.

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