Hollywood's highest paid teen actor of 2010 is looking to secure his title for 2011. Taylor Lautner -- otherwise known as the stoic abs of the 'Twilight' franchise -- hasn't even turned 19 yet, but everyone wants a piece of him and they're willing to pay top dollar. No one is certain if the kid has a lick of talent beyond playing teen wolf, Jacob Black, but the rest of the 'Twilight' crew seems to have a few tricks up their sleeve outside of the sparkly vamp saga. Perhaps there's hope?
Deadline was scoop deville today, dishing up the skinny on Lautner's plans once he's finished shooting 'Breaking Dawn' this spring, and it appears that his dance card is full well into 2012. Last month we brought you news of Lautner being cast in the big-screen version of Catherine Fisher's YA sci-fi/fantasy novel, 'Incarceron.' The actor plays a prisoner with no memory and whose lady love is suffering an equally cruel fate -- trapped in a time warped manor house. Right now they're trying to cast his love interest, with Blake Lively, Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson leading the way.
Lautner will get to flex some action muscle in an unnamed spy thriller being described as "'The Bourne Identity' for the next generation." It's based on the life of former Israeli Mossad agent, Juval Aviv, who was also the inspiration for Spielberg's 'Munich.' Hmmm. Lautner is producing this one and 'Incarceron' under his Quick Six banner -- perhaps another sign that the apocalypse is indeed coming.
Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes are aggressively trying to get their hooks into Lautner, but they'll have to contend with (or not) an untitled project by the producers of 'Hairspray' and 'Chicago,' and Scott Stuber's 'Demon Wars.' The R.A. Salvatore book is being turned into a fantasy adventure where Lautner would confront the "dark tides of destiny in his search for justice and peace."
We won't actually get to see the young star stretch his acting chops until September's 'Abducution' hits, but we'll surely be blinded by Lautner's bright, white smile until then as his PR team works overtime. He shows a glimmer of promise from what little we've seen, but is it too early for Hollywood to invest this much in his career? Or, is this just the usual hype over the latest teen dream? Cast your vote below.