This is exciting news. Thanx Yseult for bringing this to my attention.
Paramount has confirmed to me exclusively that it’s hired 8-pack-abs Taylor Lautner for the lead in Max Steel, instantly creating perhaps the next young big action star. (The Twilight Saga phenom is only 17 years old, and the Summit Entertainment folks predicted to me a year ago that he’d end up in demand for this kind of role after he bulked up for New Moon.) This is the Joe Roth-produced project based on the hugely successful Mattel property that’s an international bestseller. The movie will receive a major push planned as Mattel raises its stateside presence with the Paramount release. I’m told Max Steel will be a four-quadrant popcorn movie in the spirit of Iron Man about a 19-year-old extreme sports junkie recruited by a secret agency after an accident infects his body, leaving him with superhuman powers. The screenwriters are also young, Chad Damiani & JP Lavin, who started getting attention around town with their action-comedy script Kamikaza Love as well as Sons Of The Hammer and Capeshooters. This is yet another big young action star for the studio under Paramount Film Group president Adam Goodman along with the recent announcement that Chris Pine is attached to the Jack Ryan franchise from Tom Clancy. Then there’s Shia LeBoeuf, whom then DreamWorks exec Goodman put in Disturbia which he was overseeing, and Paramount cast in the Transformers franchise. Smart to start the youth movement (Sony Pics did that with Tobey Maguire and Spider-Man), not just because the young-uns can play the part for years, but even better they won’t break a hip doing it
Taylor Lautner has already wrapped production on what will become his first onscreen appearance following his breakout turn as heroic werewolf Jacob Black in “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”: 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.”
What do you guys think? Should he got for it or not?
YES! Taylor is set to Host Saturday Night Live on December 12th!!
New York, NY (CNS) – The cast of “New Moon” has been making the promotional rounds all over television, and now one of the blockbuster sequel’s stars is set to host “Saturday Night Live” for the first time. 17-year-old and recent Rolling Stone cover boy Taylor Lautner will host the December 12th episode. Bon Jovi is set to be the musical guest.
Via @Twilight on Twitter.
From Taylor – Thanks for your incredible support of New Moon. Your passion for The Twilight Saga is the sole reason we’re #1 across the world!
Congrats to Taylor and Crew!
Marking the third best weekend opening of all time, Summit Entertainment’s female-driven sequel “New Moon” grossed an estimated $140.7 million from 4,024 theaters at the domestic B.O.
Moreover, “New Moon” led what’s expected to be the second-best weekend ever at the domestic B.O. in terms of overall ticket sales, trailing only the weekend that Warner Bros.’ “The Dark Knight” opened, and that was in summer.
Assisting this weekend’s boom was Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment’s sports drama “The Blind Side,” which far overperformed in opening to an estimated $34.5 million from 3,110 locations.
Sony’s toon “Planet 51” debuted to a $12.6 million from 3,035 runs to come in No. 4, beat out for third by Sony’s own “2012,” which grossed a hefty $26.5 million in its soph sesh for a cume of $108.2 million.
1 He’s a clever bi-lingual type.
In New Moon, Jacob speaks Spanish to Bella, and even some Quileute, the language of the American Indian tribe he belongs to. He says, ‘I did speak a little bit of Quileute, when I was leaning in to kiss Bella in the kitchen, and I’m not gonna tell you what I said. I’ll leave that to you to figure out. But it was really cool. There’s only, like, four people left in the world who actually speak Quileute, so I was able to talk to one of these ladies. It was really interesting.’
Taylor Lautner is bringing all the good to The Jay Leno Show on Tonight (November 16).
In addition to attending the premiere that night, the 17-year-old actor will be giving viewers another sneak peak to the second film in the long-awaited film, The Twilight Saga: New Moon. The clip will feature Taylor and costar Kristen Stewart
Be sure to tune in on Tonight , November 16 @ 10PM ET/PT on NBC.
I will be recording this and uploading on youtube for the site, unless someone else does first. But I will also put it up for download tomorrow morning.
Breakout movie actor
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, The Proposal
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga
Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds, will.i.am, Dominic Monaghan and Daniel Henney, X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The Twilight Saga
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Walk into any gym, and you’ll see the same thing: Lots of guys doing lots of reps of just one or two abs exercises. “And that’s one reason why so few of them have six packs,” says Jordan Yuam, NCEP, who helped actor Taylor Lautner pack on 30 pounds of lean muscle (and a monster six-pack) for the blockbuster film New Moon. “Your abs are like every other muscle in your body, and the same rules of muscle-building apply.”
In practice, that means targeting your core no more than three days a week (on non-consecutive days), and hitting it with a variety of exercises that work every muscle between your hips and chest. Here are five moves that helped Lautner land the number one spot on Access Hollywood’s “Top 5 Hollywood Abs” list. Weave them into your own workouts for similarly impressive results. And if you want maximum gains in minimal time “superset them,” advises Jordan. “Pick two exercises, and do sets of each back to back without rest in between.”
-2009 Photoshoots: Anthony Mandler