Shirtless “Twilight” werewolf Taylor Lautner doesn’t exactly want to be known as a shrimpy little guy, but next to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, how could he be anything but? So it makes sense then, with the wrestler-turned-actor and most-macho-of-them-all already in negotiations for the title role in “Goliath”, that wannabe macho action star Lautner might be willing to consider an offer from his “Twilight” producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey to take on the role of minute farmer David. After all, David beats Goliath in the end. Twitch Film reported the news this morning.
Director Scott Derrickson will helm the retelling of the Old Testament tale, which sees celebrated – and ginormous – warrior Goliath challenging Israelites to send their best champion to battle him one on one. While other men cower in fear, young and scrawny sheep shepherd David accepts the challenge and against all odds, defeats the giant and cuts off his head. David’s victory confirms his destiny as the future King of Israel.
As for Lautner, he has achieved international stardom thanks to his breakout role as Jacob in the “Twilight” series (“Breaking Dawn: Part 1″ is out in November, with “Part 2″ concluding the saga 12 months later), but his star power outside the series is thus far untested. He has John Singleton’s action flick “Abduction” out next month, along with some long-gestating in-development projects such as an adaptation of teen sci-fi novel “Incarceron” with Fox 2000 and “Stretch Armstrong”, based on the Hasbro toy, at Universal. But with no word on “Stretch” since it was first announced 18 months ago and Universal happily dumping many of its in development projects based on children’s toys in recent days, it’s unclear just what Lautner’s first post-”Twilight” project might be.