Taylor Lautner has shed his lone werewolf status.
The "Twilight Saga" second fiddle and six pack champion stars in his first solo lead role, taking on the government and a mysterious past in the upcoming thriller, "Abduction." Lautner plays Nathan Harper, a teen who finds himself on a missing persons website. The discovery serves as a spark that, along with a visit from shadowy government agents, begins Harper's burning adventure to find out who he really is -- and who has been lying to him for his entire life.
Lily Collins, who was just cast as the lead in "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White," co-stars along with Lautner; she's the one who initially finds him on the website, and joins him in the action-packed adventure that recalls Jason Bourne in high school. Alfred Molina leads the chase, and Sigourney Weaver gets involved, too.
The film will be the first of a number of tests for Lautner's leading man potential; he's become a teen icon with his simmering, often-shirtless role in the "Twilight Saga" films, covering magazines across the world, but "Abduction" is aimed at a broader, action-hungry audience. He'll also star in another action film, "Stretch Armstrong," which is, yes, based on the classic toy.
In January, "Abduction" director John Singleton told the Los Angeles Times about the maturity he's seen Lautner take on.
"I think when people see this film [Abduction] they'll see a more mature Taylor," Singleton said. "He's doing this [thing] he's never done before. He's funny and charismatic. He has room to breathe that he's never had before."
"Abduction" makes its way to theaters September 23rd.