Olivia Wilde transforms herself for "Tron: Legacy"
By Zorianna Kit
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - To play the female lead of Quorra in "Tron: Legacy," actress Olivia Wilde underwent the biggest physical transformation of her life.
The 26-year-old actress with a shapely body and cover model looks became, what she called, "a little warrior" by working with trainers who put her through rigorous workouts, including weight-training, cardio and martial arts training.
"I was ripped!," Wilde told Reuters. "Never been that way before; never will be again!"
Wilde is perhaps best known for her work on TV shows "The O.C.," which revolved a group of good-looking, wealthy Californians, and "House," where she portrayed a bisexual doctor. But in "Tron: Legacy," which debuts in U.S. theaters on Friday, she is suited up in all-black and lives in a futuristic world called the "Grid."
"It's interesting because I am drawn to those kick-ass roles," said Wilde. "I always knew that eventually I'd get to play a really great one. It didn't happen with Bond, but it happened with 'Tron.'"
Quorra is not unlike a butt-kicking Bond girl, which is ironic since only a few years back, it had come down to Wilde and French actress Eva Green to star as Vesper Lynd opposite Daniel Craig in 2006 James Bond movie, "Casino Royale."
"Tron: Legacy" stems from 1982's "Tron," which was dreamed up from an arcade game of the same name. The new movie is billed as a continuation of the old story, but with updated special effects for release in 3D.
Jeff Bridges reprises his role from the 1982 movie as Kevin Flynn, a technology visionary who helped create video games, but now is being held in a digitally-created virtual world from which he cannot escape. Continued...