"Variety has confirmed that Twilight franchise star Taylor Lautner may be the frontrunner to play the title role in Paramount's Max Steel, based on Mattel's action figure toy line.
The 17-year-old will play a 19-year-old extreme sports junkie recruited by a secret agency after an experiment infects his body with nanobots, making him superhuman.
Mattel introduced the character in the U.S. in 1999 as an action figure, and soon after in an animated series that ran from 2000-2002.
The newspaper adds that J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani are writing the script for the film."
"Vulture is reporting that The Twilight Saga star Taylor Lautner has dropped out of Mattel's Max Steel so that he can concentrate on Hasbro's Stretch Armstrong instead.
He had originally been signed to do both projects, but according to the site, 'in the weeks after signing on to play Steel, Lautner became increasingly convinced that Hasbro was playing its hand better than Mattel. Thanks to WME, Hasbro was moving with far greater speed through Hollywood's development maze than Mattel, not only setting up projects, but quickly moving them forward.'
Vulture adds that Universal began conversations earlier this month with Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens, upcoming Gulliver's Travels) about directing Stretch Armstrong for a 2012 release."