The 17-year-old Hollywood heartthrob has a penchant for playing onscreen heroes. First he was Sharkboy in 2005â€™s The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl. Then he showed off his werewolf muscles as Twilight and New Moonâ€™s Jacob Black. Now heâ€™s pegged to play the lead role in Max Steel, first reported by LA Times.
The superhero and action figure from Mattel became an animated hit for its kiddie fan base, but executives are taking it up a notch by letting Paramount Pictures produce it for the big screen.
photo from Mattel
Lautner will play Josh McGrath, an extreme-sports athlete who gets accidentally exposed to nanotechnological machines. The machinesâ€™ powers become part of him, thus giving him increased strength and the ability to change his appearance.
Itâ€™s going to be a lucrative 2010 for Lautner. Mattel recently announced that they will release a Jacob Black Barbie doll at the same time the New Moon DVD will be released in February 2010.
His movie, Valentineâ€™s Day, opposite rumored girlfriend Taylor Swift will hit theaters on February 14. He will also be busy shooting the third and fourth installments of The Twilight Saga. Talk about a busy schedule!