UPDATE: With Taylor Lautner backing out of the Max Steel, the movie has stalled out, but the Max Steel relaunch is still on. "Max Steel" the animated TV series will debut on Disney XD in March. Additionally, the Latino action figure will be accessible at MaxSteel.com, a mobile game app and graphic novels.
Dec. 7, 2009 - Max Steel is an action figure that is the more masculine, buff, brunette version of Ken. In a brilliant casting move, Twilight's sculpted, olive-complected, bright teethed Taylor Lautner has been cast to play the Mattel toy in the Paramount film based on the character. This story will have Max Steel as a 19-year old extreme sports fanatic who goes to work for a secret agency after an accident infects his body with nanobots and he becoms superhuman.
The casting works for another reason: Max Steel is the best-selling action figure in Latin America and Lautner can easily pass for Latino.
This film will be the trial of Lautner: can the teen open a film? In Lautner's previous films, the film's opening wasn't centered around him (Robert Rodiguez' The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl, Twilight 1 and 2, upcoming ensemble romantic comedy Valentine's Day).
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