Taylor Lautner Signs On To Star In Gus Van Sant Indie

'Breaking Dawn' star scores lead in film adapted from New Yorker article.

Indie director Gus Van Sant may not have won the directing slot on “Breaking Dawn – Part 1″ like Robert Pattinson wanted him to, but the auteur is getting a second chance to work with one of the stars of “Twilight,” Taylor Lautner.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two are set to make a small-budget film together based on a nonfiction article from the New Yorker, but there aren’t many details about the project other than that.

Van Sant and Lautner recently found themselves in the middle of controversy. After photos of the two found their way online, GQ Australia asked Lautner during an interview whether the director and screenwriter Lance Ian Black, who had also been photographed with them, had hit on him. The publication has since apologized for the question, and Lautner explained that there was nothing odd about a writer and director meeting with an actor. Knowledge of this project now sheds more light on those meetings.

The role means a change in direction for Lautner, whose work outside the “Twilight” series since his rise to stardom has been limited to a small part in the ensemble rom-com “Valentine’s Day” with then-girlfriend Taylor Swift and a disappointing box-office debut as an action star in this past summer’s “Abduction.” That film’s lackluster receipts had critics skeptical as to the future career prospects of the man behind the abs.

A role in a film with the Academy-Award-nominated director at the helm could spell good things for Lautner in his post-”Twilight” years, especially considering Van Sant’s track record for directing great performances from actors.

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