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Screen legend Diane Keaton has added a new skill to her roster of cinematic talents: cheerleading, for her new comedy Poms.
PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at two photos from the film, which follows Martha (Keaton, 73), a retiree who rallies her fellow retirement community residents — played by Rhea Perlman, 70, Pam Grier, 69, Jacki Weaver, 71 and Celia Weston, 67 — to start a cheerleading squad.
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The first photo, of the large group holding their pom poms, shows the newly-assembled squad in the midst of some reconnaissance that has surprising results.
“That’s when they find themselves at a pep rally with young cheerleaders,” says director Zara Hayes. “They’re watching 16, 17, 18-year-old-cheerleaders doing their thing for the first time in the film. It’s quite a shock to them how much cheerleading has changed.”
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Hayes says getting the star-studded group of women together for Poms was due in part to “a bit of magic,” anchored by Oscar winner Keaton. “Because everybody wants to work with Diane Keaton,” she says.
She continues: “It’s like a masterclass in acting to work with any one of them, but to have the whole group of them together at any one time, a lot of the scenes are all the women...
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