Olivia Wilde (“Tron: Legacy,” “Cowboys and Aliens”) will play 1970s supermodel Suzy Miller in Ron Howard’s “Rush” at Cross Creek Pictures, Working Title and Imagine reports Deadline.
Peter Morgan’s script follows the rivalry between Austrian racer Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) and British racer James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) on the Formula One circuit in the 70’s. Lauda nearly died in a fiery crash in 1976 but returned to the track just six weeks later to race Hunt.
Miller fell in love with and married the handsome, womanizing Hunt but soon after her affections turned toward his friend – actor Richard Burton. Eventually Burton paid the $1 million divorce settlement that Hunt owed Miller, Burton and Miller were married shortly after.
Howard reportedly wants Crowe to play Burton in the film which is essentially little more than a cameo. Howard, Brian Grazer, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Brian Oliver will produce.