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Hayden Panettiere May Get Out Pom-Poms for Role

01/17/2008 at 09:25 AM EST

Hayden Panettiere May Get Out Pom-Poms for Role
Hayden Panettiere
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The budding movie career of Hayden Panettiere may be getting an even further boost.

TV's Heroes 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 magazine.

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

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