According to Variety, Lionsgate has scored the much-hyped script Abduction, with Taylor Lautner attached to star. As we described it earlier this month, it’s a “spy-actioner along the lines of Bourne Identity, but with teenagers.” The trade says Lautner will play “a young man who discovers his own baby picture on a missing persons website.” We presume he then tries to figure out who he really is while on the run, and that it’s someone who’s good at karate since Lautner is a black belt.
Lautner wanted to do a full-blown action movie after the Twilight series, and between this, Max Steel, and Stretch Armstrong, his wish is more than granted. The action-route is a smart one for Lautner, who is apparently determined to carry a film on his shoulders and needs to build his male fanbase. But we haven’t heard of any costars cast for these films yet, and for Lautner to mature as an actor, he’s going to need to share the set with seasoned pros (Valentine’s Day doesn’t count). I’m guessing there will be talented stars who will a) see the box office draw of Lautner and b) be told how happy an introduction to Lautner would make their child, and they’ll step up. Let’s just get on with it already. I want to know Lautner is being taken seriously in Hollywood (being asked to present at the Oscars was a good sign), but I can’t be sure until he’s not the only name attached to a film.
So to recap, A-listers: Someone sign on for the cash, for your offspring, and for me.
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