Taylor Lautner Out Of 'Stretch Armstrong'

Taylor Lautner

'Twilight' star drops out of big-screen adaptation of elastic Hasbro toy.

Bad news for those looking forward to seeing Taylor Lautner as super bendy, slightly superheroic "Stretch Armstrong": He's officially out of the big-screen treatment of the popular '70s Hasbro toy.

MTV News confirmed Lautner's departure with a source close to the production. According toThe Wrap, Lautner had to drop out of the film due to scheduling conflicts. The "Twilight" heartthrob is reportedly set to begin work on an independent film withOscar-winner Gus Van Sant.

Relativity Media announced Monday (January 30) that it will take over production of the film from Universal. The studio has inked a distribution deal with Hasbro. The movie was originally slated to be released in 2012, but it will now hit theaters on April 11, 2014. A new cast is expected to be announced shortly.

When MTV News asked Lautner about "Stretch Armstrong" last year, he seemed excited to explore the unknown with "Armstrong," since the film version is a brand-new concept and not a reboot or sequel. He also admitted that the character's superpower — the ability to stretch one's body parts to extremes — is hardly super at all.

"It's like the worst superhero power, possibly, to get, and how you're going to take that and use it for good and how you're going to be creative with that [is the predicament]," Lautner said. "The awesome thing with toys is it doesn't give you a story line, so you get to create it."

Although no creative decisions have been made yet, "Muppets" and "Get Him To The Greek" screenwriter Nick Stoller was originally attached to write the script and has said the film would be an origin story similar to the tone set in "Iron Man."


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Comment by Gloria Evans on February 1, 2012 at 11:29am

I think the box office performance of Abduction and the brutal reviews had a hand in this. Abduction was not the big box office hit in the US that they thought it would be. It did good overseas but crash in the states. They thought that all of his teenage female fans would flock to go see anything he was in but they soon found out different. They should have ask Kristen and Robert how much success they have had outside of Twilight. Not much in terms of box office success.


Stretch Armstrong was going to cost a lot of money to make with all the special effects they are going to have to use and they did not want to invest that type of money in Taylor after what happen to his movie this summer. Abduction was a test to see if he could make money at the box office and it did not go as well as they expected it too. I have some advice for Taylor. Think small first. Dont try to be the leading man just yet because i dont think he was ready for it. Take smaller roles, supporting roles, so if things dont pan out at the box office he will not have to be the one to shoulder the blame.


Taylor, call James Cameron and see if he can find a role for you in his next Avatar movie or call Steven Speilberg to see if he can find a supporting role in his next movie. I heard they were remaking the Terminator movie. I think Taylor would be perfect in the role of "The Terminator". Now that Twilight movies are done i just think he needs to think about smaller roles and not worry about being the leading man right now.


This is not a criticism of Taylor but if i was in his camp this would be the advice i would give him. Hollywood is not a kind place. You can be forgotten real fast especially if you have a couple of movies bomb at the box office.


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