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Taylor Lautner is getting back into the action with Tracers! Finally!

05.14.2012

Taylor Lautner, the very definition of modern-day badass is back in action!  Lautner will star in the action thriller TRACERS for director Daniel Benmayor (BRUC, THE MANHUNT) as a bicycle messenger on the run from the mob. After the epic slice of action cinema that was ABDUCTION, Lautner proved that he could run with the big dogs like Stallone, Willis, Statham, and, well, the rest of the cast of THE EXPENDABLES 2 with his acrobatic stunts and intense acting.  

Also, today is opposite day.

Here's the random-ass official synopsis to get you freakin' PUMPED!:

New York City bicycle messenger, Cam (Lautner) is the hottest thing on two wheels, but is in debt to an organized crime gang.  When he crashes his bike into a sexy stranger, Nikki, Cam is immediately seduced by her and the thrill of the world of parkour.

Here's the thing: I think Lautner is probably a really cool, down-to-earth guy who is just trying to make his way in the industry.  Unfortunately, the TWILIGHT stigma is going to follow him for a good while until he proves himself more than mancandy for tweeners.  Going the action route?  Not the best idea.  Females aren't your demographic for action films and right now that's where his audience is.

I'm no Hollywood agent, but I am an action fan and the prospect of a Taylor Lautner action movie inspires only thoughts of a late night Mystery Science Theater 3000 viewing of said movie with lots of beer, nachos, and peanut gallery of friends to take part.  Somehow I don't think that's what he's going for.  Sadly, if he continues down thiis course, I foresee a direct-to-DVD shelf reserved just for him at Blockbuster.

Do you think Joseph Gordon Levitt's PREMIUM RUSH is in trouble now? 

Extra Tidbit: You've just been hired as Taylor Lautner's agent and have to advise him on his next project. How are you going to save this young man's career? Aaaaand, go.
Source: Filmnation

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1:22PM on 05/15/2012
The newest installment in the Scorpion King franchise is looking straight down the barrel at this kid.
The newest installment in the Scorpion King franchise is looking straight down the barrel at this kid.
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5:43AM on 05/15/2012

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INT. TAYLOR LAUNTER'S HOUSE WHERE HE'S BUSY WORKING ON HIS ABS

Hey Taylor BABY! I got just the thing to help you get over the Twilight stigma; First up

A period piece set in 19th century Romania about a lonely wealthy countess who falls in love with a guy who looks exactly like her lost lover from WAY back, THATS where YOU come in! And he makes up a bullshit story about the lost-lover being his DAD coz she's a total MILF dude! Did I mention she was rich? So anyways, she buys your story
INT. TAYLOR LAUNTER'S HOUSE WHERE HE'S BUSY WORKING ON HIS ABS

Hey Taylor BABY! I got just the thing to help you get over the Twilight stigma; First up

A period piece set in 19th century Romania about a lonely wealthy countess who falls in love with a guy who looks exactly like her lost lover from WAY back, THATS where YOU come in! And he makes up a bullshit story about the lost-lover being his DAD coz she's a total MILF dude! Did I mention she was rich? So anyways, she buys your story and after some SEX-scenes and stuff, you fall in love and try to come clean BUT she dies leaving you EVERYTHING! And here's the Kicker, she had a HOT daughter who suddenly shows up and starts calling you a MAN-whore but deny it and spend the rest of the movie trying to prove it! Golden Globe baby! GOLDEN GLOBE!

The other script is 'LOOSLEY BASED' BIOPIC about a guy in a boyband WHO'S TOTALLY GAY and his band members don't know it! Oh, by the way that's you COME IN and you're gonna have to dye hair BLOND for this one. So GUY falls head over heels IN-LOVE with a stranded immigrant named ABDUL-MOHAMMED HUSSEIN who doesn't want to get DEPORTED. Oh and HE'S GAY TOO and his family doesn't KNOW IT or they'll kill him because ISLAM or something! Hear me out man, this is like BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN IN THE CITY! Think about it FAME SCANDAL Vs EXTREME RELIGIOUS REPERCUSSIONS its gonna GET people talking! I'm sensing BEST-PICTURE & BEST ACTOR at the OSCARS! WE CAN'T LOSE!!

Lastly, a drama about a Meth-addict chick trying to go clean and integrate into a new community and later forms a bond with an Iraqi-vet STILL suffering from PTSD and ALSO struggling to adjust to non-combat life because BOTH LEGS & AN ARM were blown off but luckily has been fitted with PROSTHETICS. Oh and he's recently been diagnosed with CANCER which upsets his AUTISTIC sister. And (flipping through script) Hmm... Sorry, NO SHIRTLESS SCENES for this one and nearest we have to SEX-SCENE is.. Holding hands while seated on the porch? Umm, at least he drives MUSCLE-CAR so that compensates but HEY this is Sundance/TIFF gold! What's Sundance? Never heard of Indie films? No? Well, YOU'RE gonna love it!

btw that poster is hilarious! xD
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9:01PM on 05/14/2012
The main problem with Lautner is his lack of a strong leading man image. He can kick ass, no doubt. The guy is an accomplished martial artist. But he can't act. Abduction proved his inability to carry a film, even with strong supporters. He needs a strong, silent type to play. The kind of role where he can display his MA skills, but with few lines. I agree, he seems like a decent guy, but he can't act, or at least has yet to prove it.
The main problem with Lautner is his lack of a strong leading man image. He can kick ass, no doubt. The guy is an accomplished martial artist. But he can't act. Abduction proved his inability to carry a film, even with strong supporters. He needs a strong, silent type to play. The kind of role where he can display his MA skills, but with few lines. I agree, he seems like a decent guy, but he can't act, or at least has yet to prove it.
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8:44PM on 05/14/2012
This article was hilarious. Spot on.

As for the tidbit, and I'm really not trying to be unkind, but the kid is talentless. He cannot act. Can't do it. So what's left? He isn't a bad looking guy and he is clearly in shape. That teenybopper heartthrob shit only goes so far though, as Zack Efron is quickly finding out. Lautner is, however, too effeminate for action movies. No one would ever be scared of this kid for any reason. All told, I think rom-coms are his only option. He isn't quick or
This article was hilarious. Spot on.

As for the tidbit, and I'm really not trying to be unkind, but the kid is talentless. He cannot act. Can't do it. So what's left? He isn't a bad looking guy and he is clearly in shape. That teenybopper heartthrob shit only goes so far though, as Zack Efron is quickly finding out. Lautner is, however, too effeminate for action movies. No one would ever be scared of this kid for any reason. All told, I think rom-coms are his only option. He isn't quick or witty enough to pull off real comedy, but he might be able to scrape out a career akin to Ashton Kutcher's, though he is less (and this is frightening) charismatic than Kutcher.
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8:11PM on 05/14/2012
I actually like this guy. He was solid and charming on SNL, had no problem making fun of himself. But at the end of the day, he's just not a very good actor. He's good-looking and athletic, but I can't take him seriously in an action role because he's just not convincing.
I actually like this guy. He was solid and charming on SNL, had no problem making fun of himself. But at the end of the day, he's just not a very good actor. He's good-looking and athletic, but I can't take him seriously in an action role because he's just not convincing.
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7:33PM on 05/14/2012
I smell an instant Awfully Good article in the making. I mean is parkour even still popular or hip nowadays?
I smell an instant Awfully Good article in the making. I mean is parkour even still popular or hip nowadays?
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6:15PM on 05/14/2012

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Well, I guess if anyone can transform a nasal-voiced prettyboy into a credible badass its Scorsese (see Leo DiCaprio, Michael Pitt) but he'd really have to do a number on Lautner. Have him put Frank Vincent's head in a microwave while telling Pesci to go eff his mudda.

Personally I'd rather see Scorsese take Rupert Grint under his wing. He could play a psycho ginger gangster tomorrow.
Well, I guess if anyone can transform a nasal-voiced prettyboy into a credible badass its Scorsese (see Leo DiCaprio, Michael Pitt) but he'd really have to do a number on Lautner. Have him put Frank Vincent's head in a microwave while telling Pesci to go eff his mudda.

Personally I'd rather see Scorsese take Rupert Grint under his wing. He could play a psycho ginger gangster tomorrow.
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5:35PM on 05/14/2012

Wait a minute!!

Is this a remake of the Kevin Bacon movie, QuickSilver? Hot shot bike messenger gets involved in the wrong side of the tracks?....Go hollywood for originality! Let this script burn like they did in Reno 911 for that Frequency episode....
Is this a remake of the Kevin Bacon movie, QuickSilver? Hot shot bike messenger gets involved in the wrong side of the tracks?....Go hollywood for originality! Let this script burn like they did in Reno 911 for that Frequency episode....
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5:13PM on 05/14/2012

Didn't his last film flop like a drydocked goldfish?

Why would a studio bank on him again?
Why would a studio bank on him again?
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6:56PM on 05/14/2012
Worse ...it made 82 million dollars...*sigh* world*sigh*....
Worse ...it made 82 million dollars...*sigh* world*sigh*....
5:03PM on 05/14/2012

If I was Taylor Lautner's agent?

Two words: gay porn.

Seriously, I'd try and get him on Broadway so he'd get a chance to work on his craft, then hook him up with a well-regarded director on a smaller indie film so he'd get some respect for his acting. Like Robert Pattinson working with David Cronenberg.
Two words: gay porn.

Seriously, I'd try and get him on Broadway so he'd get a chance to work on his craft, then hook him up with a well-regarded director on a smaller indie film so he'd get some respect for his acting. Like Robert Pattinson working with David Cronenberg.
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4:24PM on 05/14/2012
I would put in his the best acting school so he can get more experience behind him. Still too green.
I would put in his the best acting school so he can get more experience behind him. Still too green.
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4:18PM on 05/14/2012
Sounds almost exactly like PREMIUM RUSH? WTF?!
Sounds almost exactly like PREMIUM RUSH? WTF?!
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4:08PM on 05/14/2012
even if this is good, itll be bad
even if this is good, itll be bad
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4:07PM on 05/14/2012
I'm not opposed to Lautner's career and I don't feel like lambasting his limitations as an actor, but the fact is, no action series starring him inspires any interest from me. I'll get drunk and watch Abduction once it's "free" on HBO, but otherwise he's never gonna get money from me until he does an indie with a credible director or something.
I'm not opposed to Lautner's career and I don't feel like lambasting his limitations as an actor, but the fact is, no action series starring him inspires any interest from me. I'll get drunk and watch Abduction once it's "free" on HBO, but otherwise he's never gonna get money from me until he does an indie with a credible director or something.
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4:14PM on 05/14/2012
My sentiments exactly. And Abduction is one of the best comedies ever made. Bring a six pack or two and enjoy.
My sentiments exactly. And Abduction is one of the best comedies ever made. Bring a six pack or two and enjoy.
4:02PM on 05/14/2012

Sounds similar to a Joseph Gordon Levitt film coming out soon...

is it just me, or does this sound like Premium Rush?
is it just me, or does this sound like Premium Rush?
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