Hayden Panettiere: comfortable in saddle shoes.
Sometimes movie stars feel a need to “stretch.” They want to show that they are not just pretty faces and hot bods, but rather talented, versatile, performers. In order to prove this, they might take on Shakespeare, or perhaps an adaptation of a classic novel (preferably something that will involve an English accent and a very large skirt. Or cape). Maybe they’ll do a biopic of someone who’s led a gritty life, but then triumped. They may even play ugly–fright wig, no makeup, weight gain. That will show everyone–they’re not just starlets, they’re ACTORS!
Blessedly, Hayden Panettiere does not have this urge.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Panettiere will stick to what’s been working and play a cheerleader in the adaptation of Larry Doyle’s novel, I Love You, Beth Cooper. Chris Columbus is producing and is in talks to direct as well.
THR says Panettiere will play “Beth, the school’s hottest cheerleader who shows nerdy valedictorian Denis Cooverman the best night of his life after he proclaims his love for her during his graduation speech.”
Yup, this should work. So now we can all go to sleep tonight grateful that Hayden is smart enough not to demand she be cast as Elizabeth Bennett in the umpteenth version of Pride and Prejudice.