However, fans of the original film aren’t too happy about a major detail missing from the upcoming movie.
This week, Netflix offered a new look at the upcoming Sharkboy and Lavagirl sequel. The new film is directed by Robert Rodriguez who directed 2005’s The Adventures Of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. The sequel is set within the same world as the original movie, but takes place many years into the future.
We Can Be Heroes follows a team of superheroes called The Heroics. Together, they need to be rescued by their super-power kids after being kidnapped. The Heroics includes actors Pedro Pascal, Christian Slater and Boyd Holbrook.
In the film, both Sharkboy and Lavagirl are parents to a daughter named Guppy, played by Bird Box‘s Vivien Lyra Blair. The sequel, which arrives on New Year’s Day, features the original film’s star Taylor Dooley who now plays an adult Lavagirl. However, her former co-star Taylor Lautner is missing from the sequel as JJ Dashnaw takes on the role of adult Sharkboy.
Wanna feel old? Sharkboy and Lavagirl are parents now (and their daughter is played by Vivien Lyra Blair aka Girl from BIRD BOX)
WE CAN BE HEROES releases globally on Netflix on New Year’s Day pic.twitter.com/W9RtNibQij
— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) November 18, 2020
Naturally, a lot of Sharkboy and Lavagirl fans aren’t too happy that Taylor Lautner is missing from the new film. On Wednesday, the actor began trending on Twitter as fans shared their thoughts on the casting decision.
I’m sorry but Taylor Lautner will always be THE sharkboy and Netflix should’ve done everything possible to get him out of the cave where he’s hiding. I want my full 2005 nostalgia experience! pic.twitter.com/LCGjZp8Znj
— Nala (@currambalana) 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
how Taylor Lautner just decline some netflix coin and free press… pic.twitter.com/ElLxOhqO4g
— alex. (@makeupIady) November 18, 2020
went on taylor lautner’s IG and it’s giving unemployed. why couldn’t he show up for the shark boy and lava girl sequel pic.twitter.com/nWSDCq9iXv
— kat. (@katselinas) November 18, 2020
taylor lautner: wow I’m trending!
everyone: why isn’t he sharkboy i know damn well he’s not busy pic.twitter.com/g07QBzHXZI
— mountain abbey (@_hazelbite) 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
Ma’am that ain’t Taylor Lautner, who is this imposter? pic.twitter.com/ZO98KIq6kE
— Hassan Chammout (@ChammoutHassan) November 18, 2020
Just found out Taylor Lautner isn’t in Sharkboy and Lavagirl 2 pic.twitter.com/zQVVyz40OF
— Day of the Dead Simon (@datboiguzma) November 18, 2020
At this time, it’s unknown for Lautner was offered the role and decline or if he simply wasn’t chosen to play adult Sharkboy. Nevertheless, it looks like fans aren’t going to get the nostalgic reunion they were hoping for in We Can Be Heroes.
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