The studio also added a bit of news: Nicholas Stoller, the Judd Apatow protege who directed the Apatow-esque comedies "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and the upcoming "Get Him to the Greek," will be doing a pass on the script. (Steve Oedekerk, of "Bruce Almighty" fame, had written a previous draft.)That move suggests the studio's growing confidence in Stoller, even before the Russell Brand- and Jonah Hill-starring "Greek" hits theaters this June (it helps that Stoller and Letterman worked together on the upcoming "Gulliver's Travels") . But along with the initial Oedekerk hire, it also indicates that the studio wants plenty of comedy in "Armstrong," a movie based on an action figure. Michael Bay's "Transformers" this will not be.
If that's the case, Lautner won't be doing what we best know him for — whispering sweet nothings into Kristen Stewart's ear or fighting off sallow vampires — but instead will be leaping over tall buildings and (sometimes) joking it up in the manner of Jonah Hill. We already can't wait for the spring of 2012.
— Steven Zeitchik
Photo: Taylor Lautner in Paris earlier this month. Credit: Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images