Taylor Lautner teaming up with Gus Van Sant for indie flick

Now that the Twilight movies are set to come to an end soon, actor Taylor Lautner is looking to branch out in his acting career. He’s already confirmed to be working on two movies for 2013, and now there’s word he’ll be working with acclaimed indie director Gus Van Sant.

According to a report from the Hollywood Reporter, Lautner is in the final stages of talks with Van Sant, best known for directing Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting, to cook up a low-budget indie film based on a nonfiction New Yorker piece that Taylor optioned. In addition to starring in the film, Lautner will be taking on a producer role as well.

Lautner’s most recent big screen appearance in Abduction alongside his ex, Lily Collins, was nearly universally panned by movie critics, but still managed to squeeze out $27.2 million from moviegoers since its release on September 23.

Additionally, Lautner has been tied to Universal’s still-in-the-works film based on a popular toy, Stretch Armstrong. Lautner told Movie Hole in September that the film was still in the scriptwriting process, and is still quite a ways out.

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