Taylor Lautner Turns Down 'Max Steel' For 'Stretch Armstrong'

ACCORDING TO MTV, The 'Twilight' star chose the starring role in the upcoming Hasbro toy-based flick.

MTV reported today:

With "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" actor Taylor Lautner's upcoming movie schedule seemingly stretched to the limit, the budding action star has reportedly decided to drop out of Paramount's "Max Steel" in favor of Universal's "Stretch Armstrong."

According to New York magazine, the 18-year-old will pursue "Armstrong," based on toy manufacturer Hasbro's celebrated action-figure franchise, instead of "Max Steel," which is based on a product from Mattel, a rival of Hasbro's. Although Lautner was set to headline both films, the young "Twilight" actor allegedly sided with Hasbro due to the company's impressive track record in Hollywood.

"[In] the weeks after signing on to play Steel, Lautner became increasingly convinced that Hasbro was playing its hand better than Mattel," states the report. "Thanks to WME [Entertainment, Lautner's agency], Hasbro was moving with far greater speed through Hollywood's development maze than Mattel, not only setting up projects, but quickly moving them forward."

Hasbro has already seen movies based on their popular "Transformers" and "G.I. Joe" franchises. Additionally, the toy company has production plans for "Candy Land," "Battleship" and "Risk" adaptations. As one insider told the magazine, "When you sign up to make a movie with Hasbro, you know it will be in theaters a year later."

The report also states that "Monsters vs. Aliens" director Rob Letterman is speaking with Universal Pictures about directing "Stretch Armstrong" for the studio.

Lautner landed the title role in "Stretch Armstrong" earlier this month. He'll star as an uptight spy who is exposed to a formula that allows him to stretch his body beyond normal human limitations. Given his new powers, the hero is forced to reconsider not only his own crime-fighting tactics, but also how he goes about his everyday life.

"He's an accidental superhero. Really what he is, is he's going to be a guy much like [Lautner] himself," explained Hasbro CEO and "Stretch Armstrong" producer Brian Goldner in a recent exclusive interview with MTV News. "A guy who knows mixed martial arts, a guy who is going off to college, a guy who's trying to have a freshman year at college something along those lines and everything kind of ensues from there."

The Universal film is slated for a 3-D release in 2012. In addition to "Armstrong," Lautner is signed on to star in "Cancun," a martial-arts-focused action film.

SOURCE: MTV

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Comment by Michelle Law on February 26, 2010 at 11:14pm
I hope they make the movies in both 2-D and 3-D. I'll have to have the 2-D.
Comment by AlynutzaPattinson on February 27, 2010 at 1:17am
I think is a good decision. Because if he would have chosen doing both franchises it would have been to much in my opinion. I mean of course he is young and this all action hero stuff might be the career direction he want's to follow right now but if he gets to many of these roles later on it might hunt him.
Comment by Monika Lopez on February 27, 2010 at 1:49am
I just hope this movie is not a f*** up for Taylor.. pray to God this wont ruin his career...
Comment by Annie Lautner on February 27, 2010 at 3:31am
Well... its kinda sad. BUT GOD DAMN I AM SOO WAITING FOR A 3-D MOVIE WHERE TAYLOR IS IN!!
Comment by Melissa Black on February 27, 2010 at 4:09am
whatever taylor wil do he will do it well, hes a brilliant actor and people make mistakes in life dont they? so if he did all the fans would still support him, i know i would. Taylors making his own desicions which is really good of him, hes adapting to the acting world well. GO TAYLOR! :D
Comment by Taylor Girl on February 27, 2010 at 6:00am
i cant wait to see more of him.
Wat so ever i hope he succeed and get the best of all or the paparazzi wont leave him...
Comment by TeamEdwardForever<333!!=) on February 27, 2010 at 7:18pm
as long as he's in it good enough for me.

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