Blake Lively, Jennifer Lawrence and “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson are in contention to play the heartthrob’s love interest in “Incarceron”
Taylor Lautner's shooting schedule is filling up fast and the "Twilight" heartthrob hasn't even opened a movie on his own yet.
In addition to Fox 2000's "Incarceron," Lautner has become attached to star in an untitled spy thriller from New Regency that is described as "'The Bourne Identity for the next generation," according to a website which also claims that both studios were willing to pay at least $10 million to secure his unproven services.
Deal Central reported on the particulars of "Incarceron" last month, but now it seems that the frontrunners for the lead female role are Blake Lively ("The Town"), Jennifer Lawrence ("Winter's Bone") and Emma Watson of "Harry Potter" fame.
As for the spy thriller, the story is said to be loosely based on the exploits of former Israeli Mossad agent Juval Aviv, who served as the inspiration for Steven Spielberg's "Munich."
Lautner will produce both projects through his company Quick Six, which the abdominally-blessed actor might as well rename Quick Eight now that he's commanding an eight-figure salary before his 19th birthday. That's a nice raise from the reported $7.5 million he'll earn for starring in Universal's "Stretch Armstrong," which was delayed to allow the studio and Hasbro to focus on launching Peter Berg's big-budget "Battleship."
John Palermo is producing "Incarceron" through his eponymous production company, while Alexandra Milchan (daughter of New Regency founder Arnon Milchan) will produce the spy thriller.
Lautner is scheduled to wrap production on Summit's "Breaking Dawn" this spring, which left two slots open for the rest of the year. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are still trying to woo him for an untitled project, while Scott Stuber wants Lautner to star in his adaptation of R.A. Slavator's novel "Demon Wars." Additionally, Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners are chasing after Lautner, and are even willing to wait until 2012 and beyond for the actor to become available.
Lautner's star power will face its first test when Lionsgate releases the John Singleton thriller "Abduction" on Sept. 23.
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