See a first look at the heroes' return in Netflix's We Can Be Heroes.

By Nick Romano
November 18, 2020 at 12:38 PM EST
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You bet director Robert Rodriguez brought back Sharkboy and Lavagirl for his new movie set in the same cinematic universe, We Can Be Heroes.

Netflix, which is releasing the family-friendly superhero film on the streaming platform New Year's Day, dropped the first look at the return of these characters, who headlined 2005's The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D.

Taylor Lautner and Taylor Dooley played Sharboy and Lavagirl, respectively, as child actors in that earlier movie. Dooley, now 27, plays an adult Lavagirl in We Can Be Heroes, while JJ Dashnaw (who played Brat's dad in Rodriguez's Spy Kids) plays Sharkboy. The are now parents at this point in time and their daughter, Guppy, as seen in the photos by way of Bird Box's Vivien Lyra Blair, is half shark.

“A lot of families have spent a lot of time together,” Rodriguez previously told EW in reference to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’ve been getting calls from all kinds of studios: ‘Reboot Spy Kids.’ ‘Reboot Sharkboy.’ Of course they want to. They’re all sitting at home with their kids.” This seems like the next best thing.

We Can Be Heroes follows a team of superheroes called The Heroics who need to be rescued by their super-powered kids after getting kidnapped. Pedro Pascal, Christian Slater, and Boyd Holbrook rank among the members of The Heroics; while the kid heroes include YaYa Gosselin as Missy, Isaiah Russell-Bailey as Rewind, Akira Akbar as Fast Forward, Hala Finley as Ojo, and Dylan Henry Lau as Slo-Mo.

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The cast also stars Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Christopher McDonald, Adriana Barraza, Lyon Daniels, Nathan Blair, Lotus Blossom, Andy Walken, Andrew Diaz, Sung Kang, Haley Reinhart, J. Quinton Johnson, Brittany Perry-Russell, and Brently Heilbron.

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