Sharkboy and Lavagirl are back in We Can Be Heroes, and while Taylor Dooley returns, Taylor Lautner has been recast as Sharkboy.
The director Rboert Rodriguez surprised fans this morning with a nostalgic espresso with the reveal of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, for his upcoming film We Can Be Heroes. The film will be released on Netflix in January 2021. We Can Be Heroes will see the children of Earth's superheroes unite after their parents are kidnapped by alien invaders, pushing them to learn to work together so they can save not just their parents but also the world. The film will welcome new characters such as Mrs. Granada (Priyanka Chopra), Tech-No (Christian Slater), and Marcus Moreno (Pedro Pascal), as well as Sharkboy and Lavagirl's daughter Guppy, who has shark powers and wash. While Taylor Dooley will return as Lavagirl, Sharkboy has been recast, and not because Taylor Lautner was unwilling to return.
Taylor Dooley looks great in her Lavagirl outfit and bright pink hair for We Can Be Heroes. The production value looks incredible, and as Robert Rodriguez reveals, the couple have a son named Guppy. You can briefly see her daughter, played by Vivien Lyra Blair, who was Girl in Bird Box.
Alongside Taylor Dooley's Lavagirl is a Sharkboy sporting the new and improved costume, but this time with a fin mask on his head. It's clearly not Taylor Lautner, but stunt actor JJ Dashnaw. The reveal upset fans immediately, creating such a massive conversation that Taylor Lautner's name has been trending all day.
After Taylor Lautner's early jobs as Sharkboy and Cheaper by the Dozen 2, the actor, of course, came into the limelight for several years as Team Jacob's side of the Twilight hype.
Imagine the power of We Can Be Heroes with the two Taylors back in their suits? Unfortunately, Lautner is not part of the project for an unknown reason. But it's important to note that Lautner suggested not long ago that he would be willing to reprise his role as Sharkboy if a remake was produced, so the role modification was likely due to the character's minor appearance in We Can Be Heroes, and not so much so because Lautner refused to return.