Lautner of 'New Moon' to play action hero

Dec. 5, 2009 at 3:40 PM

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Taylor Lautner, who plays a werewolf in "Twilight: New Moon," reportedly will play an action hero in the movie "Max Steel."

Variety.com reported Friday the 17-year-old actor, who plays werewolf Jacob Black in "New Moon," has signed on as the lead in the Paramount film based on Mattel's "Max Steel" action figure. Lautner will play a 19-year-old extreme sports junkie who becomes a secret agent after nanobots give him superhuman abilities.

The United States was first introduced to the "Max Steel" action figure in 1999 and the toy led to an animated TV series that ran from 2000 to 2002.

Chad Damiani and JP Lavin have been hired to write the screenplay for "Max Steel," Variety reported. No director has been named as yet.

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