Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin is enjoying the benefits of being a retired gold medal champion and just signed on for a role in an upcoming film centered on the world of competitive gymnastics. The Russian-born 31-year-old announced the big news via social media that she will be appearing in “Little Olympians,” which is currently in development as they continue to raise funds for production.
“CASTING UPDATE! ? We are SO EXCITED to announce that @nastialiukin has officially signed on to join the Little Olympians movie!” a message from the film’s Instagram page stated.
It’s unclear how big of a role Nastia Liukin will play in “Little Olympians,” but the production is extremely excited to have such a big name attached.
“We are incredibly happy to welcome Nastia to the cast of Little Olympians! Nastia is a testament to the success that can come from working hard and never giving up, a message that all young people, especially #littleolympians, need right now,” a message from the film read.
Landing the gold medal star is a big deal and the production already has plans to leverage her fame to secure more funding needed for the movie.
According to “Little Olympians,” they will be offering up some “Nastia-inspired rewards” for those who donate to their Kickstarter page, which has currently raised almost $2,000.
The movie and Kickstarter are being organized by Mary Sanders, a former gymnast for Team USA. In a video featuring Sanders, she explains the mission of the fundraising and what she envisions for the movie, which will center on amateur twin gymnasts.
According to a description of the film on Kickstarter:
“Little Olympians is the story of Essie and Ella Hopper, fraternal twins who do everything together. Most days, that includes gymnastics! They both belong to the South County Flyers gymnastics team, a group of talented and supportive girls who have their sights set on Nationals! But to qualify, they will need to beat the entitled All Star Airborne team.”
Gymnastics continues to play a huge part in Nastia Liukin’s life, even though she hung up her own leotard years ago. She recently traveled to NYC to co-host a late-night gymnastics tournament and is still regarded as a major personality in the sport. She also announced a partnership with a gymnastics company and wrote about her continued passion for the sport.
“Gymnastics will forever be my number one passion, and I continue to carry the love I have for the sport into many aspects of my life,” Nastia stated.