Sigourney Weaver To Co-Star With Taylor Lautner In ‘Abduction’

'Avatar' star will play Lautner's character's psychiatrist in the 2011 thriller.

Based on the latest casting announcement, you’d be forgiven for thinking that “Abduction” focuses on a kidnapping perpetrated by little green men: [movieperson id="66097"]Sigourney Weaver[/movieperson] has joined the cast of the John Singleton-directed thriller. Weaver is set to star opposite Lily Collins and “Twilight” lead [movieperson id="373803"]Taylor Lautner[/movieperson].

Weaver is perhaps best known for her roles in sci-fi epics like “Avatar” and the “Alien” series, but “Abduction” is very much grounded in the real world. Lautner stars as a young man who one day discovers his own baby picture on a missing persons website. Variety reports that Weaver will play his psychiatrist.

The story comes from a spec script by newcomer Shawn Christensen. The movie is set to shoot this July in Pittsburgh, with plans for a 2011 release. Gotham Group and Vertigo are producing along with Lautner’s Tailor Made label.

Weaver will next be seen starring with Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis and Betty White in the Disney live-action release “You Again.” She has a number of other roles lined up as well, including Greg Mottola’s sci-fi comedy “Paul,” “Clueless” director Amy Heckerling’s ” ‘Sex and the City’ with vampires” movie “Vamps” and the long-awaited third “Ghostbusters” film.

Lautner will of course next be seen reprising his role as Jacob Black in “Eclipse,” which hits theaters on June 30. He’s also got comic-book adaptation “Stretch Armstrong” lined up, from a script by Nicholas Stoller (re-writing Steve Oedekerk’s original), which is planned for an early 2012 release. It is expected that Lautner will be back on-set to shoot the final chapter in the “Twilight” series, “Breaking Dawn,” before the end of the year, though Summit’s rumored plans to break the story into two films remain unconfirmed.

For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com.