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Taylor Lautner To Slackjaw Through Gus Van Sant Film

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Taylor Lautner's plan to just keep his head down, mouth open and let the roles drift in has hit a bit of a snag now that Abduction has shown that his propensity for sit-ups does not translate to box office. To date, the Lautner-starring action film has grossed only $27 million domestic--which is less than a million per dramatically-agape face--so it's on to Plan B: time to produce and star in some indie fare. The sometimes CGI wolf has found a nonfiction article in The New Yorker that's just begging to be dramatized by a permanently-dazed teenager, and he's now finalizing a deal with Gus Van Sant to direct a low budget film based on the piece. Though details about the article and who's writing the screenplay haven't yet been revealed, the push to work with Van Sant is reportedly part of Lautner's post-Twilight strategy "to work only with top directors and writers from now on as he strives to define himself as an actor." It remains unclear how that strategy will play into starring in a 3D movie about a stretchable toy man in bikini briefs.

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