Taylor Lautner not returning as Sharkboy in Netflix's We Can Be Heroes
18 November 2020, 17:36 | Updated: 19 November 2020, 17:17
Sharkboy and Lavagirl are BACK... but Taylor Lautner is not.
Back in July, writer and director Robert Rodriguez revealed he was working on a new movie called We Can Be Heroes that would see the daughter of Sharkboy and Lavagirl join forces with other superhero children to save the world after their parents are kidnapped.
Taylor Dooley, who originally played Lavagirl, is reprising her role – and she looks incredible in the first look photos. But it's sad news for fans hoping to see grown up Taylor Lautner back as the dad version of Sharkboy... It looks like he will not be returning.
Why is Taylor Lautner not playing Sharkboy in We Can Be Heroes?
Per Netflix, Sharkboy will be played by stunt actor JJ Dashnaw, who has worked with Rodriguez on multiple projects.
As disappointing as it may be to some fans to not see Taylor Lautner back in action, it sounds like their appearance in the film is only a cameo. According to Collider, Rodriguez revealed in an interview that only Lavagirl has a speaking role.
It's currently unclear why Lautner didn't reprise his role. Maybe he was busy? Maybe he wasn't available for filming? Or maybe he just...didn't want to?
Either way, fans have been reacting to the recasting news on Twitter.
now where’s taylor lautner https://t.co/SUcBAnqSYO— HOOD VOGUE is tired of poverty (@itskeyon) November 18, 2020
Now what was taylor Lautner doing that was so important he couldn’t help us relive our childhoods for a second https://t.co/F9460lYswI— throatzilla (@dojamowry) November 18, 2020
WHO’S THAT SHARKBOY IMPOSTER WHERE IS TAYLOR LAUTNER pic.twitter.com/cHmv3bg6rF— alias (@itsjustanx) November 18, 2020
As for who will be playing Sharkboy and Lavagirl's daughter? Vivien Lyra Blair, who you'll know and love as the iconic Girl from Bird Box, will be playing Guppy, their six-year-old who has both shark and lava powers.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Christian Slater and Pedro Pascal also star in the film.