People best know Taylor Lautner for running around in jean shorts with no shirt on as the werewolf in the Twilight series, but that’s not all the actor has to offer. It turns out cutoffs and glistening abs aren’t what defines him, he contains multitudes. In order to branch out a bit and diversify his portfolio, Lautner is going to produce and star in his next film, which is going to be smaller, and more indie.
Lautner and his production company Quick Six have acquired an article that appeared in ‘The New Yorker,” and if that isn’t indie sounding enough for you, he’s hired indie legend Gus Van Sant to come on and direct. Sources say that after the relative failure of his big budget starring vehicle Abduction, Lautner is looking to take his career in a different direction, away from being a big name action star. From this point on he only intends on working on projects that involve the best writers and the best directors. I’d say that getting Van Sant on board is a good start to that goal, so it will be interesting to see who he hires to adapt the “New Yorker” article. Putting together dream projects that you can star in isn’t a luxury that a lot of young actors have, it must be nice to be sitting on all that Twilight money.
A lot of people are probably going to view his decision to only work with top people as presumptuous, but I won’t go on record as dissing the kid’s abilities just yet. I’ve only seen him in half of one Twilight movie that I watched on an airplane, and half of another I watched in Spanish while in Mexico. Maybe he’s got more to offer than being a teen wolf and being in a crappy action movie has shown. Now, if this Van Sant movie comes out and he sucks in it; then I’ll make fun of him. I’ll make fun of him so bad. Good luck Taylor. [THR]