Olivia Wilde has landed a key role in Ron Howard’s Formula One racing drama Rush. The film centers on the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda and British driver James Hunt. Daniel Brühl is set to play Lauda with Chris Hemsworth taking on the role of Hunt, and now Deadline reports that Wilde will play supermodel Suzy Miller. The model fell in love with and married Hunt, but soon thereafter she fell in love with Hunt’s close friend Richard Burton (yes, that Richard Burton). In a strange Three’s Company deal, Hunt and Burton came to an agreement wherein Burton would pay the $1 million divorce settlement for Hunt if Hunt let Miller go. The deal went through, and Burton and Miller eventually married.
Howard is apparently hoping to get Russell Crowe to take on the small role of Burton. No deal has been made, but Crowe may be able to fit a couple of days in for his A Beautiful Mind director in between filming Man of Steel and Les Miserables. If you missed what producer Brian Oliver told Steve about the racing drama, be sure to check out what he had to say here. He talked about the unusual filming schedule and revealed that Slumdog Millionaire director of photography Anthony Dod Mantle is handling the cinematography.