Taylor Lautner has already wrapped production on what will become his first onscreen appearance following his breakout turn as heroic werewolf Jacob Black in [movie id="414921"]“The Twilight Saga: New Moon”[/movie]: a turn opposite rumored real-life girlfriend Taylor Swift in the ensemble romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day.”
But Lautner’s next role might return him to hero territory. The Los Angeles Times reports that the 17-year-old is circling “Max Steel,” Paramount’s planned big-screen adaptation based on the Mattel toy line. The character has also appeared in an animated TV series and within the pages of a comic book.
Steel’s alter ego is Josh McGrath, an extreme-sports star whose life takes a turn when he’s injured during a brawl at a top-secret lab and some nano-machines heal his wounds and endow him with superpowers.
Reps for Paramount and Lautner declined comment in the Times story.
With “Valentine’s Day” behind him and “Eclipse,” the third film in the “Twilight” series, not coming out until next summer, Lautner’s schedule is open. However, the script is still being written — by J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani, who also scripted an adaptation of the “Youngblood” comic series — and no director has yet signed on to the project. Thus “Max Steel” is unlikely to start shooting very soon. Still, according to the Times, Paramount is eyeing Lautner in large part because of his proven ability to get young women into movie theaters.
“Max Steel” wouldn’t be Lautner’s first superhero role. Before the “Twilight” franchise, the actor was best known for his work as the title character in Robert Rodriquez’s “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D.”
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