Friday, December 18, 2009

Taylor Lautner to Flex Muscles in 'Cancun'

With all the time and effort he put into beefing up for 'New Moon' -- plus the acclaim he's received, the endless drooling he's enjoying and the affections of Taylor Swift -- you can't blame Taylor Lautner for being attached not to one, but two upcoming action flicks.

Per the Hollywood Reporter, Lautner will star in 'Cancun,' about a quirky college student who travels with a girl down Mexico way and discovers he must put his martial-arts skills to the test when a drug cartel kidnaps the gal and her friends.

The announcement of Lautner's tie to 'Cancun' follows the revelation that he'll bring 'Max Steel,' based on the popular Mattel toy, to the big screen. 'Cancun,' however, is presumably more of a personal project: It will be spearheaded by the production company the soon-to-be-18-year-old actor has formed with his father, Dan Lautner. A script has been inked by Eric Champnella and Grant Thompson, and the Lautners will collaborate with two 'New Moon' producers, Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, to bring the film across the finish line.
Still, though it's natural to want to capitalize on Lautner's catapulting to international fame, he's at a tender moment in his career. This could be the moment for the charismatic young actor to demonstrate his versatility and range, not to pigeonhole himself in one particular genre. True, 'Cancun' sounds as if it'll play to Lautner's strengths -- martial-arts has been his calling card for years. But is this also a moment in which the actor could really branch out?



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