[movieperson id=”10070″]Taylor Lautner[/movieperson] got his start in the world of martial arts long before finding fame as a werewolf in the “Twilight Saga,” and now the 17-year-old will get to display his combat skills in the action flick “Cancun,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The film, produced by “New Moon” studio Summit Entertainment in conjunction with Lautner’s production company, Tailor Made, is being described as “Taken” meets “Die Hard,” Variety reports. Tailor Made was formed by the actor and his dad, Dan Lautner, with Temple Hill partners Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen.
Lautner is a fan of 2008’s “Taken,” starring Liam Neeson, and wanted to make a similar film. And the project provides Lautner the opportunity to display his skills in extreme martial arts. “We wanted to continue working with Taylor and feel he’s got the chops to become a big action star,” Godfrey said, adding that he expects the film to go into production by June 2010.
“Cancun” centers on a teen whose injury prevents him from becoming an elite soldier. Rather than pursuing that line of work, he goes to college, meets a girl and goes on spring break in Cancun. While there, his friends are kidnapped and held for ransom in exchange for the release of a drug cartel leader who’s about to be extradited. Lautner’s character uses his martial arts training to save them.
Next up for Lautner is the release of “Valentine’s Day” in February and “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” in June. He will most likely shoot the final film in the “Twilight” saga, “Breaking Dawn,” later in 2010. Lautner is also reportedly considering a superhero role in a film based on the Mattel toy line Max Steel.
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