THR reports - Taylor Lautner has signed on to star in “Stretch Armstrong,” Universal’s movie based on the Hasbro toy. The studio is also making the movie in 3D, which will push back the release date of the movie from May 15, 2011 to some time in 2012.The story developed for the movie, being produced by Imagine and Hasbro, sees an uptight spy who stumbles across a stretching formula, which he takes and must now adjust to in everyday life and when fighting crime.
“In the past two years, Taylor has emerged as a real star at the global boxoffice. He brings the perfect balance of energy and athleticism to the role of an unlikely super hero with a fantastic super power,” said Universal co-chairman Donna Langley.
More so than Rob Pattinson, who seems content to work in indie movies, Taylor has emerged as the mainstream star from the “Twilight” movies, signing on to major tentpoles such as “Max Steel” or action vehicles such as “Cancun.” The actor, repped by WME and Management 360, has shown charisma and physical prowess on screen beyond the “Twilight” movies (a recent “Saturday Night Live” appearance is an example) and Lautner is being positioned to be this decade’s action star.
In case you don't remember 'Stretch' check out this retro You Tube video of the toy.