Tom Cruise NOT to Star with Taylor Lautner in Northern Lights
It sucks when you hire someone to re-shingle your roof, but he puts holes in it, throws tools around and goes shirtless for your girlfriend. That's what I think of Taylor Lautner. Studios pay him to act, but instead he aimlessly walks on screen, talks like a robot and of course there's the shirtless thing. And yet Sharkboy is now the highest paid teen actor as Deadline Hollywood reports he'll get a whopping $7.5 million to star with Tom Cruise in Northern Lights, the story of a gifted, young, aerobatics pilot who must face off with his controlling, billionaire father and falls in love with a female pilot. Or as I like to call it: Top Gun and Son.
The project comes from a new company called Skydance Productions (from producer David Ellison) and of course Paramount has a first look deal with the company so I'm sure they'll be tossing this into their plan to make Lautner their next big action star after he goes action-packed in Max Steel, the story of an extreme sports junkie recruited by a secret agency after an accident infects his body. It's also interesting to note that other successful teen actors like Zac Efron and Miley Cyrus haven't even gotten a payday this big, and Efron at least has some semblance of acting talent. Of course being an action star hasn't always come with acting prowess (we're looking at you Seagal, Van Damme, and Diesel) so not much has changed in the industry.
Update: We received an email from Skydance Productions tonight informing us that our post was incorrect. Apparently Tom Cruise will NOT be in the movie and "there is no billionaire father in the storyline." So then why was it reported to begin with? Mistake or jumping the gun on a deal with Cruise? Both Nikki Finke and EW.com have updated their posts removing any mention of Tom Cruise, although EW included a few lines mentioning that, "a rep for David Ellison’s Skydance Productions tells EW that character does not exist and that Cruise is not attached to the project in any way." So there you have it, no Cruise in Northern Lights.