Taylor Lautner Teams Up With Gus Van Sant

11/03/2021 06:46 AM ET

Taylor Lautner Van Sant - Taylor Lautner teams up with Gus Van Sant to produce an indie film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Twilight Saga star will perform in (and produce) an as-of-yet unnamed indie film that the Good Will Hunting director will direct.

The film is reportedly based on nonfiction article from “The New Yorker” that Taylor himself optioned. THR reports that Launter is in the process of finalizing his deal with Van Sant for the project. Though we can also assume that, given Van Sant’s involvement, it probably won’t be a comedy.

Taylor is still attached to the “Stretch Armstrong” film and Fox’s “Incarceron,” based on another popular young adult fiction series, so while those properties seem to fit into the work he’s done lately, he will definitely be pushed into some very new, very unexpected territory.

It’s an interesting match, and perhaps a good one for each participant. Lautner’s solo debut, of the action film “Abduction,” was a box office flop that is languishing in the low single digits on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and his next non-”Twilight” films, which include a big screen version of “Stretch Armstrong,” don’t exactly scream critical darling.

In Van Sant, he’ll team with a two-time Oscar nominated director known for getting performances out of young actors. He directed Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in their breakout film, “Good Will Hunting,” guided River Phoenix and Keanu Reaves in 1991′s “My Own Private Idaho,” took a 25-year old Matt Dillon through “Drugstore Cowboy” and just directed “Restless,” with young Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper in “Restless.”

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