The idea for the film Abduction was sparked by a chance comment in a meeting which included screenwriter Shawn Christensen â€” an idea about a film about a boy who sees himself as a child on a missing persons website. Two months later, Christensen submitted the script.
This germ of an idea could have become any number of things, but Christensen had made it a thriller. John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood) signed on to direct, and Taylor Lautner, the brooding werewolf of the Twilight franchise, stars as a teen who learns his entire life was a lie. But when he begins to unravel the truth, he is soon on a run for his life.
â€śPeople have never seen Taylor Lautner the way theyâ€™re going to see him in this movie. He really blossoms as an actor,â€ť Singleton says. â€śYouâ€™re able to see the growth of a new star thatâ€™s going to be around for a long time. â€¦ Heâ€™s charismatic in this movie, heâ€™s romantic, heâ€™s charming and he kicked ass. What more can you want?â€ť
Lautner, who has a lifelong love of action films, says of his role, â€ś[This] is by far the most physically challenging role Iâ€™ve ever done â€¦ I love the character and everything he goes through in the story.â€ť And, with his training in martial arts, he got a chance to do many of his own stunts â€” including a long slide down the glass covering of an escalator at PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
While doing most of his own stunts, Lautner was fearless, according to Singleton. â€śHe can box. He can do martial arts. He can do these flips on a dime. Itâ€™s great for me as a director because I donâ€™t have to cut away too much when heâ€™s in action because itâ€™s really him doing these amazing things.”
â€śAbductionâ€ť is available starting Jan. 17 on Video On Demand.Â Check your cable system for VOD availability.
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