Olivia Wilde has cast “fearless” Thomasin McKenzie in ‘Perfect’.

a person posing for the camera: Thomasin McKenzie © Bang Showbiz Thomasin McKenzie

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.”

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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Matt LeBlanc

The ‘Friends’ star is best known for playing the lovable Joey Tribianni in the cult sitcom. However, he also earned success playing himself in ‘Episodes’ for five seasons from 2011. He won a Golden Globe for his performance and was nominated for an Emmy Award.

Jessica Biel

The ‘Sinner’ actress played herself for four episodes in the animated series ‘BoJack Horseman’. She appeared as Mr. Peanutbutter’s second wife but ultimately divorces him to be with Jessica’s real-life husband Justin Timberlake.

James Van Der Beek

The ‘Dawson’s Creek’ alum played an arrogant but funny version of himself in ‘Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23’. He appeared in the show from 2012 to 2013 as the titular B**** Chloe’s friend, who is trying to revive his acting career. James was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Male Scene Stealker in 2012 for his performance.

Paris Hilton

The hotel heiress surprised fans when she made a cameo appearance in ‘Supernatural’ in 2009. She played a version of herself who is possessed by a pagan god named Leshii. Paris went on to make a number of small cameo appearances in ‘Zoolander’ and ‘The Bling Ring’.

Dwayne Johnson

The ‘Baywatch’ hunk stepped away from wrestling and became an actor in the late 90s. He later appeared as himself in an episode of ‘Hannah Montana’ in 2007. In the episode, Miley attempts to sell a photo of The Rock wearing makeup.

RuPaul

The drag queen made an appearance in ‘2 Broke Girls’ in 2017 alongside Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs. In the episode, RuPaul offers Max (Dennings) some advice regarding her love life and to follow her dreams.

The Jonas Brothers

Joe, Kevin and Nick Jonas made an appearance on ‘Hannah Montana’ in which the trio meet Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus) for the first time. They are left starstruck but become more infatuated with her father (Billy Ray Cyrus), leaving Hannah jealous. The brothers later landed their own show ‘Jonas’ where they play fictional versions of themselves.

Johnny Depp

The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean star made a hilarious appearance alongside Al Pacino in ‘Jack and Jill’. Adam Sandler’s character meets the two movie stars during a baseball game but struggles to get a reaction from Pacino. The film also featured cameos from Caitlyn Jenner, Shaquille O’Neal, and more.

Keanu Reeves

The ‘Matrix’ actor portrayed a slightly quirky version of himself in the romantic comedy ‘Always Be My Maybe’. Playing himself, he agrees to go on a date with Sasha (Ali Wong), who is secretly in love with her best friend Marcus (Randall Park). Keanu and Marcus end up in a brawl with Sasha choosing Marcus.

Julia Roberts

The Hollywood actress had the best of both worlds when she starred as Tess Ocean in ‘Ocean’s Twelve who everyone notices she has a remarkable resemblance to Julia Roberts. Tess impersonates the actress in order to have access to a museum so the team of thieves can steal the Fabergé Imperial Coronation Egg. During another scene, Roberts also voices herself when Tess has a conversation with Roberts on the phone.

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

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’.

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