The Heroes star is in line to play a hottie who cheers up the school dork

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