I don’t know much about “Max Steel”, only that it was a cartoon show created specifically to sell Max Steel toys, and let’s face it, even the name screams “boys only”. The character is Josh McGrath, a 19-year-old extreme sports athlete who, like Peter Parker before him, is accidentally exposed to something that turns him into a superhero. Instead of radioactive spiders, Josh gets invaded by nanotech, which makes him faster, stronger, and gives him the ability to change his appearance, which should come in handy when he gets stuck with two dates for the prom, or does that only happen on predictable sitcoms from the ’80s? In any case, with “Max Steel” currently being written, Paramount is keen on getting “Twilight” star Taylor Lautner to headline the picture, thereby roping the boys in with promise of a Max Steel adventure and luring the girls in with the promise of Taylor Lautner’s glistening pecs.
If you’ve seen Lautner lately, you know that he’s bulked up impressively for his role of Jacob Black in “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” after almost losing his job for being too wimpy looking after the first “Twilight” movie. Also, Lautner is only 17-years old, and although the role is that of a 19-year old, let’s face it, with his new and improved biceps, Lautner easily passes for a 20-something. And if he does end up with the role, the age thing doesn’t matter, anyway.
Of course, this isn’t a done deal, but at the moment the LATimes is calling it a “strong possibility” that Lautner will end up with the role. If it all works out, he’ll be fronting a potential franchise currently being penned by J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani, who are also doing two Rob Liefeld properties, “Capeshooters” and “Youngblood”.