Actress Olivia Wilde is planning to turn director after signing on to make a movie about a Haitian children’s baseball team.
The Tron: Legacy star was among the first celebrity aid volunteers to travel to the Caribbean nation in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, which left Haiti devastated, and she admits the journey was an “amazing” experience.
Now, she’s heading back to make a film about a group of young survivors.
She tells America’s Glamour magazine, “I’m going to Haiti to work on a documentary about a Little League team.”
The actress is hoping to turn the trip into an extended vacation, although she’s hesistant to leave so soon after purchasing her first home following her marriage split.
She says, “I’m thinking about travelling, but I should stay in one place. I just bought a house (in Los Angeles).”
Wilde filed for divorce from Italian prince Tao Ruspoli earlier this year (11) after eight years of marriage.
The new “Tomb Raider” movie is moving an inch closer to realization. “Iron Man” writing duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby are hired to write the script of the untitled Tomb Raider reboot project. “Mark and Hawk’s clear sensibilities of action and emotion are perfect for the direction we are taking this franchise,” producer Graham King announced.
GK Films, which is owned by King, acquired the rights to the video game adaptation for a new franchise. “We aim to write an origin story for Lara Croft that solidifies her place alongside Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor in the pantheon of great female action heroes,” Fergus and Ostby stated.
King and his producing partner Tim Headington are aiming for 2013 release for the first film.
Angelina Jolie famously played the character in the 2001 and 2003 movies, and there was a rumor that Olivia Wilde would take over. However, in a recent interview with MTV, Wilde said, “As far as I know right now, I’m not playing Lara Croft. No,” and added later, “That’s really cool that people think I should play her. That’s nice of them.”
Wilde stars in Fergus and Ostby’s latest film “Cowboys and Aliens” which opens in U.S. theaters July 29.
Oliva Wilde isn’t exactly mourning the end of her marriage to Italian prince Tao Ruspoli.
In the June issue of Glamour, the 27-year-old Cowboys & Aliens star says that although their eight-year union is over, she has nothing but fond memories of their time together.
“The mark of a good marriage is partnership and continuing to feel inspired by your spouse. I had that with Tao,” Wilde explains. “But the end is not necessarily the tragedy. Staying in a relationship that is no longer working is the tragedy. Living unhappily — that’s the tragedy.”
The actress — who’s been spotted out with Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake in recent months — admits she’s ready to give love another chance.
“I’m opening up my heart to the idea of dating. It’s funny — my friends would always come to me for romantic advice, but I know nothing, and things have changed since I was dating in high school,” she laughs. “I’m really trying hard to spend this time working on myself.”
Olivia Wilde has placed #15 on the 2011 list of Maxim’s “Hot 100”!
15. Olivia Wilde
We wouldn’t mind being trapped in a computer Tron-style if the newly single Olivia were there to keep our space bar company.
Heat factor: If you like cowboys and/or aliens, don’t miss this former Hot 100 No. 1 in Cowboys & Aliens!
Olivia Wilde has been officially nominated at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards! Make sure you head on over to MTV.com and VOTE for Olivia Wilde in the “Best Breakout Star” category!
Best Breakout Star:
Andrew Garfield (The Social Network)
Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass)
Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
Jay Chou (The Green Hornet)
Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy)
Olivia Wilde is featured on the cover and inside the June 2011 issue of “Glamour” magazine in the US! You can see the cover below and read the article in our press archive – HQ scans will be up when the gallery is opened!