“Twilight” star Taylor Lautner may be about to trade one super power for another as Twentieth Century Fox has set its sights on the actor for “X-Men: First Class.”
Plush with the takings from “Avatar,” the studio apparently is keen to see more notable genre and action-oriented movies into production, including the “early years” tale of Professor Xavier and his team of mutants which has been in gestation for a while. Some of Fox’s latest attempts to dominate the box-office – including “Knight and Day” and “The A-Team” — have received a lukewarm reception and the pressure is now on for the studio to ensure “First Class” does not become another disappointment.
So, with a desire to succeed and a host of fresh, young talent circling the Twilight franchise, Fox is now looking to bring Lautner onboard … and hopefully a lot of his loyal Team Jacob fanbase with him. “Eclipse” is now in control of the box office, and the vampire franchise still has two more movies to be filmed based on the fourth (and final) book from the Stephenie Meyer series.
According to Showbiz411, Fox have checked with the 18-year-old actor regarding his availability before committing to casting him in movie.
James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender have already been tapped to play Professor X, and Magneto, respectively. No official casting decision involving Lautner has been announced.
Shooting is expected to commence later this summer with “First Class” in theaters on June 3, 2011.