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The NFL's Oldest Cheerleader Coming To The Big Screen

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New Line Cinema has reportedly bought the rights to the life story of the NFL's oldest cheerleader, 42-year-old Laura Vikmanis. The Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader tried out for the team at age 39 and, after missing the cut her first year, made the squad at age 40.

In addition to Vikmanis' story, New Line has also purchased a script written by "Gnomeo and Juliet" and "Ratatouille" writers Emily Cook and Kathy Greenberg.

"In her real life, it was easy to find a way into the story," Cook tells hollywoodreporter.com. "She is a 42-year-old in a sea of 20-year-olds; she's definitely a fish in out of water. It's a great contrast. And she proved you can reinvent yourself at any age."

Greenberg added: "It's really a feel good populist story in the vein of Blind Side. It's got more comedy to be sure, but it's an earnest story."

Vikmanis had previously been a dancer and was encouraged to try out for the squad by her two teenage daughters after her husband left her for a younger woman.

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