Taylor Lautner Gets a Leading Lady, Loses Northern Lights

Because you can never get too many updates on the films of Taylor Lautner, here are two bits of news regarding the “Twilight” actor: Lily Collins (below), daughter of musician Phil Collins and Sandra Bullock’s daughter in “The Blind Side”, has joined Lautner’s missing persons flick “Abduction” as the love interest. Directed by John Singleton, the teen-centric action thriller will find Lautner playing a teen who discovers that he was abducted as a baby, and with Collins’ help, goes off in search of his real parents, forcing bad guys to come out of the wood works to stop him.

Meanwhile, over at John Moore’s “Northern Lights”, Lautner has left the role, and is expected to be replaced by the younger of the two Aussie Hemsworth brothers, Liam. The extremes flying-themed movie was supposed to net Lautner his biggest paycheck to date: a whopping $7.5 million. That’s a pretty big chunk of change for a kid whose biggest role to date has been playing third wheel in a teen fantasy franchise.

“Abduction” is expected out in 2012, and “Northern Lights” will fly on without Lautner in “2011”.