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Taylor Lautner's Post-'Twilight' Career: What's Next?

January 31, 2012

Now that we've had a day or so to digest the news that "Twilight" star Taylor Lautner will not be gracing the big screen as super bendy, slightly superheroic Stretch Armstrong, it's time to turn the focus of this week's "Twilight" Tuesday toward analyzing this latest development in Lautner's post-Jacob career.

Word on the street is that Lautner dropped out of the film due to scheduling conflicts, but exactly what conflicts he may or may not have are the mystery. Last we heard, the teen heartthrob was in talks with Oscar winner Gus Van Sant to make a small-budget film based on a nonfiction article from The New Yorker. A quieter role in a more indie film could be just what Lautner needs post-"Twilight."

"He's got the right determination and ambition to continue on, even through bumps in the road," IMDb Managing Editor Keith Simanton told MTV News of Lautner's staying power. "Someone he reminds me a little bit of is Hayden Christenson. People make fun of him and have never seen his performance in 'Shattered Glass,' and he's also very good in 'Life as a House.' Because the only thing people know him from are big movies, the franchises that are in some ways an albatross in the way of a career." Read More