Robert Pattinson has been landing some meaty roles in between his “Twilight” franchise commitments, from the romantic drama “Remember Me” to the Hugh Jackman period piece, “Unbound Captives.” And Kristen Stewart drew plaudits for her turn in “Adventureland” and is gearing to play Joan Jett in the biopic “The Runaways.”
But what about the man behind “Twilight” werewolf Jacob Black? After packing on the muscle to assure himself a spot in “New Moon,” Taylor Lautner hasn’t yet cashed in on his “Twilight” fame. Now, that all might be about to change.
Lautner was seen leaving a meeting with veteran Hollywood producer and director Garry Marshall (“The Princess Diaries,” “Pretty Woman”). The New York Post did a little investigative work and came up with three potential roles that Lautner might have been discussing with Marshall.
One likely bet, it seems, is “Valentine’s Day,” an ensemble romantic comedy with an all-star cast including Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner and Ashton Kutcher. The film tells five interconnected stories that take place on February 14th in Los Angeles. The Post speculates that Lautner might be up for Hathaway’s mail room assistant boyfriend. But with Hathaway in her mid-20s and Lautner just 17, an on-screen romance between the two stars seems a bit icky.
Another potential film is “Dear Eleanor,” a ‘60s era drama that focuses on two teenage girls—one potentially being played by Abigail Breslin—who travel across America to locate former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Might Lautner play the love interest of one of the teens? Again: icky. Of course, there are a whole host of colorful characters that the girls encounter along their journey, so perhaps Lautner will fit in there.
Lastly we have “There Goes the Neighborhood,” a bleak comedy about a couple who find out their seemingly pleasant, All-American neighbors are just a bit too friendly. The couple ends up having to defend their lives from the creepy folks next door. Could Lautner play one of the disturbed kids?
Whatever role he ends up landing, Lautner will have to work around his “Twilight” schedule. The third entry in the vampire franchise, “Eclipse,” is set to begin filming in August. And presumably, down the road there will be the fourth and final installment, “Breaking Dawn.”
Which of these roles would be the best fit for Lautner? Is there another film out there that you’d like to see him grab?