Olivia Wilde Wants More Female Leads In Sci-Fi Films

Actress Olivia Wilde is calling on Hollywood producers to take more “risks” and build sci-fi roles around strong female characters because she’s tired of playing the “helpful sidekick”.

The movie beauty starred alongside Jeff Bridges and Garrett Hedlund in last year’s (10) Tron: Legacy and she appears in new futuristic western Cowboys & Aliens with Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.

Olivia Wilde is eager to continue building on her sci-fi credentials, but she hopes she will one day get the chance to follow in Alien star Sigourney Weaver’s footsteps and lead the cast in an all-action role.

She tells WENN, “I think there are some great sci-fi films in the works that have some really interesting female roles. It takes people taking risks and understanding the public will go see a movie starring a woman. I think Sigourney proved that so hopefully I’ll get to do more sci-fi roles and take on more of the burden on my shoulders of playing the lead as opposed to the wise helpful female sidekick.”

But that doesn’t mean she’s ready to turn her back on her Cowboys & Alien character just yet: “I would really love the opportunity to do a sequel because there’s a lot of stories left to explore and (executive producer Steven) Spielberg has some cool ideas, so we’ll see.

“The script landed very mysteriously on my doorstep at midnight. I looked at it, ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ and I read it in an hour and a half. It had a letter inside saying who was involved which was a perfect storm of genius, Steven Spielberg, (director) Jon Favreau, (producer) Brian Grazer; all these people who I really respected.”