If there is one good thing to say about Taylor Lautner as an actor (pause for inevitable barrage of jokes and insults), it's that he does have significant athletic ability, which could potentially translate into a solid career as an action star. Sure, Lautner's first post-Twilight attempt at action stardom (last year's Abduction, remember that?) resulted in critical disaster, but as they say, "If at first you don't succeed..."
Taylor Lautner will get another chance to prove his action skills by headlining Tracers, a new film from FilmNation Entertainment; the film will also see the young star enter into the world parkour, the free-style movement discipline first developed in France.
For those who don't know, Taylor Lautner has been a martial arts star since young age, has won several junior world championships and earned a black belt at age eight(!). Aside from that impressive resume, he's been pretty athletic all of his life - hence that body Twilight tweens (and their moms) swoon over. Aside from sounding like president of the TL fan club, I say all that to say: Tracers will be an interesting project to see Lautner in.
The title is derived from the slang-term for those who practice parkour: Check out the official press release for more on the movie's plot:
FilmNation Entertainment will introduce the action thriller TRACERS to international buyers at the Cannes Film Festival. From the producers of Twilight and Dear John, TRACERS will star Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga, Abduction) and will be directed by Daniel Benmayor (Bruc, the Manhunt). Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment will produce. WME will handle sales in the US.
New York City bicycle messenger, Cam (Lautner) is the hottest thing on two wheels, but is in debt to an organized crime gang. When he crashes his bike into a sexy stranger, Nikki, Cam is immediately seduced by her and the thrill of the world of parkour.
Basically, it's your standard Boy is in danger, boy meets girl, boy and girl have to get out of danger, scenario; the draw will be the scenes of parkour-style action that director Daniel Benmayor will be offering to audiences. Parkour has been an impressive element in certain action films of the last few years: hardcore fans will certainly reference the District 13 franchise, which was released in France and has a cult-following in the States; while casual moviegoers will recall the impressive parkour chase sequence opening to Casino Royale.
Done right, Tracers could be both a great doorway into parkour for a wider moviegoing audience, while also establishing Lautner as a star in the action genre. Of course, the movie has to actually be good - and has to wow those who are immediately put-off by the thought of seeing a Taylor Lautner movie. With FilmNation Entertainment putting out some lackluster films (the recently-released The Raven or the upcoming House at the End of the Street), and Benmayor's lacks of directorial experience (this is his third film), it's hard not to be concerned about the quality of Tracers. Maybe a good trailer will change that.
We'll keep you updated on Tracers as the movie nears its Cannes Film Festival debut.