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Bengals Cheerleader to be Subject of Movie

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Laura Vikmanis
Laura Vikmanis

According to the Hollywood Reporter, New Line Cinema, the same company that has brought you greats like American History X, Dumb and Dumber, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Wedding Crashers and Julien Donkey-Boy, has bought the rights to Bengals' cheerleader Laura Vikmanis' life. Vikmanis, 42, is the oldest cheerleader in the history of the NFL.

Vikmanis, a mother with two teenage daughters, was shaken after her husband left her for a younger woman. At a Cincinnati Bengals game, her sister suggested she find something to make her happy, and Vikmanis, who had been a dancer, looked to the field and said being a cheerleader looked like fun.

At 39 years old, Vikmanis tried out for a position as a cheerleader for the Bengals but was cut. She spent a year working out and getting in better shape and when she tried out the next year, she made the squad, inspiring her daughters and the women, many of whom were 20 years younger, on the squad with her.

Emily Cook and Kathy Greenberg are writing the script for the movie. They are credited with writing Gnomeo & Juliet and Ratatouille.

"In her real life, it was easy to find a way into the story," Cook said. "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."

"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," Greenberg added.

The movie is just in its beginning phase right now, but it's clear that we're looking at a Cincinnati themed The Blind Side meets Just Bring it.

Also, I fully expect a montage workout scene played to '80s workout music, such as "Push it to the Limit" by Paul Engemann. If that's not in the movie, I'll be extremely disappointed.