Paramount Wants Twilight Actor Taylor Lautner in Max Steel
It was first reported that Paramount had picked up rights to the Mattel's toy line Max Steel with plans of turning it into a feature film back in July. Boy, things move quick at that studio. Now, according to the LA Times, Paramount really wants 17-year-old Twilight star Taylor Lautner to play the lead character Josh McGrath, an extreme sports athlete. In the original WB Kids show (that was based on the toys), McGrath is "accidentally exposed to the unleashed power of nanotechological machines, which become part of him and give him increased strength, near-invulnerability and the ability to change his appearance." Sounds fun, eh?
According to the LA Times report, Lautner's agents want to line him up for a lead role following Twilight. He's not signed for the role yet, but Paramount wants him because "he can bring young women into theaters -- always a positive for any action picture." Of course. But do you want these screaming girls in your theater watching this with you? Well, I can already say that if he gets cast, I probably won't even be going to theaters to see this. I don't know about everyone else, but I haven't seen Lautner ever prove that he's a capable actor. Then again, he hasn't really been in much besides Twilight, give or take a role on "My Own Worst Enemy".
I don't know, I wasn't really excited for this when it was initially announced. And attaching Lautner doesn't help. In fact, it turns me off, but that's probably because I'm tired of all this Team Jacob crap. You as well?