Aug 19, 2013, 2:46 PM EDT
Lolo Jones is taking her talents to the big screen.
The hurdler turned bobsledder will be part of the upcoming film “Left Behind,” taken from the Christian book series.
The film’s producer and writer, Paul Lalonde, decided last week to offer Jones a role as a gate attendant at an airport, upon learning that the city where they were shooting the movie — Baton Rouge, La. — was also Jones’ training base.
“Obviously everybody knows who she is,” he said in a phone interview. “I’m a huge fan of her. I love her never-say-die attitude about everything. … She’s a beautiful woman, too, which never hurts when you’re casting for a movie.”
Jones has read the “Left Behind” books, her agent said. Her role includes a few lines with Chad Michael Murray. “Left Behind,” which also stars Nicolas Cage and Jordin Sparks, is slated to come out in spring 2014.
Jones’ character is named “Lola,” and she was expected to film her portions of the film in one day, Monday.
“She looks totally at ease and very comfortable,” Lalonde said. “You’d think she’s done it 1,000 times.”
As for bobsled, the World Cup season starts in Calgary in November. The U.S. pilots have until Sept. 30 to name their teams for selection races in October. The World Cup roster will be named later in October.
Jones is competing with Katie Eberling, Aja Evans, Emily Azevedo and another track convert, Lauryn Williams, for one of a potential three brakeman spots on the 2014 Olympic team.
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