One is an actor whose first (and very possibly, only) success was being hunky and muscled in the Twilight series, and was recently chosen to play the title character in a Stretch Armstrong adaptation. The other is a director whose films include a socially motivated biopic of gay activist Harvey Milk, and a Columbine massacre-inspired arthouse flick that consisted mostly of students walking silently down hallways. Makes perfect sense for them to work together, right? Right?
Well, that's what it looks like we're gonna get. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Taylor Lautner is negotiating to appear in an independent film directed by Gus Van Sant, in a script based off of an article taken from The New Yorker. Script details have yet to be released, but Lautner will co-produce the film along with his father Dan Lautner.
Say what you will about Lautner's acting ability, at least he isn't just trying for the typical teen heartthrob roll (although the box office disapointment of his September espionage thriller Abduction may have had something to do with that career adjustment). Nonetheless, I think it's pretty admirable that he wants to take his career into a more artistic route, and Van Sant is certainly a good director to turn to for that. I look forward to see what happens, though it's more of a "I wonder what'll happen if I deliberatly mix the wrong chemicals in chemistry class" feeling rather than any genuine interest.