01/17/2008 at 08:00 AM EST
The budding movie career of Hayden Panettiere
may be getting an even further boost.
star, 18, and Night at the Museum
and Harry Potter
producer-director Chris Columbus are in talks about her starring in I Love You, Beth Cooper
, says The Hollywood Reporter
Panettiere's role: The hot cheerleader Beth, to whom her high school's dorky valedictorian professes his love in his graduation speech. The script is by Larry Doyle, a former writer for The Simpsons
who is now with The New Yorker
Panettiere, meanwhile, will be seen later this year in a drama about a family facing tragedy, Fireflies in the Garden
, starring Julia Roberts
. Panettiere plays the younger version of the character who grows up and is played by Emily Watson.
– Stephen M. Silverman