Megan Abshire

An exciting prospect out of Louisiana to look out for this year is 22 year-old Megan Abshire, a protegĂ©e of pro and now contest prep guru Robin Parker. Megan, who will be competing for the first time this summer, looks to have great structure, with big shoulders and arms and a tiny waist, as well as impressive muscularity for her age. Megan was a powerlifter as a teenager which seems to have given her a great foundation and she is doing a great job of sculpting that into a competitive physique. “She has fantastic potential,” says Robin.

Megan is now getting ready for the Red Stick Classic on June 28 and also plans to do the Louisiana State two weeks later. At 5-foot-8 she weighs around 170 now and plans to come in around 150 to 155. With the help of Robin - who prepped Amanda Dunbar for her USA win in 2005 and brought Julia Stamper in in incredible shape at Nationals last year - she should do great. More on Megan on her sponsor Pinnacle Performance’s site.

Lisa Aukland intimidates Hollywood star!

More movie news: Lisa Aukland tells me she is auditioning for a role in a Hollywood movie too! She is up for a speaking part in a major new comedy and recently went to an audition. “The part was for a muscular woman who would be able to intimidate the main actor - Tyler Perry,” she says. “There were about 14 audition lines but the way it ended, it seemed like this character would have a pretty big role.” IFBB pro Lisa placed third at the Arnold in March (photo).

Chemical Pink - the movie

There’s some interesting news about Chemical Pink, the planned movie based on Katie Arnoldi’s novel about the world of women’s bodybuilding. The project has gone through some ups and downs: Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk had originally been slated to write the screenplay, and David Fincher, who was supposed to direct it, both dropped out. Arnoldi eventually wrote the screenplay herself and music video director Jonas Akerlund will now direct. The latest is that he and producer Ted Field are now looking for someone to play Aurora Johnson, the main character - an aspiring female bodybuilder who moves to southern California to pursue her dream.

They were initially hoping to get a big Hollywood name to play Aurora - at various points in the process they were talking to Patricia Arquette (who apparently even started training at Gold’s in Venice and eating six meals a day!), Rosario Dawson and Jessical Biel - but in the end they couldn’t persuade any of them to take on the job. “It takes years to put on muscle and I just couldn’t see how they were going to make a skinny actress look like a bodybuilder in six months,” Arnoldi tells us.

Arnoldi tells us they now plan to cast a "real girl" instead. They are even talking about an American Idol-style reality show in which Arnoldi, Akerlund and Field would go around the country auditioning female bodybuilders for the part - what Arnoldi calls “In Search of Aurora”. That could mean an amazing opportunity for a female bodybuilder to play the lead in a Hollywood movie. We'll let you know as soon as we know more...

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