Despite his lackluster film Abduction failing to convince the moviegoing public that Taylor Lautner could be a convincing action star, studios are continuing to push him on us in action roles. The latest news comes from Deadline, who reports that Lautner is being eyed for the lead role in Tracers, a parkour-based action thriller set in New York City. More below.
The story for Tracers sounds shockingly similar to the upcoming Joseph Gordon-Levitt film Premium Rush, in which JGL plays a bike messenger tasked with delivering a package through New York. Here’s the logline for the Lautner movie:
Lautner will play Cam, a messenger in New York City who is a wiz on a bike but who’s in debt to an organized crime gang. He crashes his bike into a sexy stranger and is seduced by her and the thrill of the world of parkour that she introduces him to.
Give me a break. A sexy stranger just happens to introduce him to the world of parkour? What is this, 2006? What executives out there still think that parkour is the hot new thing that kids are doing? This sounds terrible, but my only hope is that it’s so bad, it’s fun to watch.
Daniel Benmayor (Bruc, the Manhunt) is directing, and Tracers comes from the producers of Twilight and Dear John. Anyone think this has a chance at being legitimately good? It’s going to take a lot of convincing for me.