Why is Taylor Lautner missing in 'Sharkboy and Lavagirl' Netflix sequel? Irked fans ask 'what the f**k is this?'
'The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D' (2005) is getting a sequel, but Taylor Lautner is not returning as the Sharkboy in the Netflix follow-up, scheduled to be released on January 1, 2021. Fans are wondering why.
Titled ‘We Can Be Heroes’, Netflix’s ‘Sharkboy and Lavagirl’ sequel will feature the original maker Robert Rodriguez in its true glory as he took on the role of writing, directing and self-producing the movie once again but in the casting, there is one major change i.e. the absence of Taylor Lautner as Sharkboy while Taylor Dooley returns as Lavagirl. The overall casting of the film is studded with Pedro Pascal, Priyanka Chopra, Christian Slater and more.
Wanna feel old? Sharkboy and Lavagirl are parents now (and their daughter is played by Vivien Lyra Blair aka Girl from BIRD BOX)— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) November 18, 2020
WE CAN BE HEROES releases globally on Netflix on New Year's Day pic.twitter.com/W9RtNibQij
The Internet is not exactly pleased with the decision of seeing Taylor Lautner recast as a user asked, “WHO’S THAT SHARKBOY IMPOSTER WHERE IS TAYLOR LAUTNER.” While another took a slight jab at the actor, stating: “Taylor Dooley is back as Lavagirl, but serious question, why couldn't they get Taylor Lautner back as Sharkboy? It's not like he's super busy, and this is the role that kickstarted his career.” A fan outraged stating, “they did sharkboy WRONG what the f**k is this? this mf the aquamarine batman” “Wait so Taylor Lautner is not back as Sharkboy? And that's why they gave a helmet to the new actor.” Another user opined, “If Lautner declined, I can see why. Imagine you were a lead in Twilight, and your co-lead is now playing Batman. Would *you* then sign on to play Sharkboy again? It's an embarrassing meme waiting to happen.”
WHO’S THAT SHARKBOY IMPOSTER WHERE IS TAYLOR LAUTNER pic.twitter.com/cHmv3bg6rF— alias (@itsjustanx) November 18, 2020
Taylor Dooley is back as Lavagirl, but serious question, why couldn't they get Taylor Lautner back as Sharkboy? It's not like he's super busy, and this is the role that kickstarted his career. https://t.co/iUKPtGSbYW— Skyler Shuler (@SkylerShuler) November 18, 2020
they did sharkboy WRONG what the fuck is this? this mf the aquamarine batman 💀 pic.twitter.com/ia6yqgVgl3— Syn Dolphin (@dlphin32) November 18, 2020
Wait so Taylor Lautner is not back as Sharkboy? And that's why they gave a helmet to the new actor pic.twitter.com/cRCEJyZQZK— franco of rivia (@ARKHAMSKlNG) November 18, 2020
If Lautner declined, I can see why. Imagine you were a lead in Twilight, and your co-lead is now playing Batman. Would *you* then sign on to play Sharkboy again? It's an embarrassing meme waiting to happen.— MoviesPlease (@moviespleaseyt) November 18, 2020
In an interview earlier this year, Rodriguez had shed some light on why Lautner is actually missing from the scene. The 52-year-old 'Spy Kids' maker stated that only Lavagirl has a speaking role, meaning that the Sharkboy presence will be just a cameo, a probable reason for Lautner to be missing from the cast. However, once fans asked Lautner if he would be down for a sequel for Sharkboy in an Instagram Q & A and the actor responded “umm, duh” with shark and lava emojis. Actors Taylor Dooley and Taylor Lautner have remained friends over the years as they have been spotted in family weddings, all the more reasons for a screen reunion, fans believe.