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Taylor Lautner To Star In 'American Idiot?' He Was Out With The Film's Writer!

Thu, July 14, 2011 6:18pm EDT by 65 Comments

Taylor steps out with Dustin Lance Black and Gus Van Sant — do you think he is being considered for the film version of the popular rock musical?

Taylor Lautner enjoyed a lovely dinner at Bottega Louie in Los Angeles July 13 with two very unlikely companions — Oscar nominees Dustin Lance Black and Gus Van Sant. Is Taylor in talks to take a role in the film version of American Idiot?

Not to slight young Mr. Lautner, but Dustin and Gus seem like VERY unlikely dinner mates for the 19-year-old. Furthermore, news that Dustin is developing the script for American Idiot makes it seem like Taylor may be in talks to take a role in the rock musical. He might be looking for a departure after Twilight and the role of Johnny, the “Jesus of Suburbia,”  would be ideal. A sex crazed heroin addict is a far cry from the chaste and cordial werewolf he has played for the past four years.

Gus is not officially involved in the project but he could have been introducing the two as he was at one time in talks to direct the final two installments of Twilight, Breaking Dawn. Or, Gus could be replacing director Michael Mayer, who also directed the stage version, and taking the reigns of the upcoming film.

Gus is no stranger to rock films, having directed the critically acclaimed Last Days in 2005, a film that drew parallels to the lives of both Kurt Cobain and Elliott Smith.

Taylor’s reps tell HolywoodLife that any reports of Taylor working with Dustin or Gus is, “Not true.” But why would they be having dinner?

What do you think HollywoodLifers, could Taylor be starring in American Idiot?

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