Taylor Lautner's career sees new dawn with "Abduction"

Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:53pm EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - To legions of teenage girls and fans of the "Twilight" films, Taylor Lautner will always be known as Jacob Black, the werewolf who competes with a vampire for the love of a young woman.

But on Friday, the boyishly handsome actor with the six-pack strong abdomen hopes to broaden his appeal to wider audiences, headlining movie marquees on his own for the very first time in action thriller "Abduction."

Lautner, 19, finds himself the sole person on the movie's poster with his name above the title -- a major fete for any actor in Hollywood. And he must prove not only that he can draw audiences to box offices, but also that Lautner -- like Cruise or Pitt or Clooney before him -- can be a powerful brand name.

"Abduction" marks the inaugural film of his production company Quick Six, which he runs with his father, Dan Lautner, and the hope is that there will be many more to come.

"I'd be lying if I said I did not feel any pressure whatsoever right now," Lautner confessed to Reuters. "But I'm trying not to focus on that."

Directed by John Singleton, the film sees Lautner portray a teenager named Nathan who learns that his parents aren't really his and that his life has been a lie.

When he's targeted by trained assassins for reasons unknown to him, Nathan goes on the run with his neighbor Karen (Lilly Collins). While evading capture, he and Karen must piece together the truth of his life, while protecting themselves from certain death.