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Taylor Lautner to Produce and Star in Gus Van Sant's Next Picture, Despite Lack of Sexual Tension

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    Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the notorious lawman J. Edgar Hoover in this look back at the man's life. Directed by Clint Eastwood, and co-starring Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer and Judi Dench (Published Monday, Nov 14, 2011)

    You may recall that a few weeks ago, Taylor Lautner was talking to Australian GQ about a dinner he'd had with Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black, prompting the jackalope interview to ask if either man had made a pass at him. It now turns out that gay men are able to focus on something other than their libidos long enough to discuss work.

    Lautner will be producing and starring in a film to be directed by Van Sant, a small-budget affair based on a New Yorker magazine article to which Lautner recently secured the rights. While it remains unclear who will be scripting the film, it would only make sense if Black were involved, which would reunite him with Van Sant, with whom he worked on "Milk."

    "J. Edgar"

    [NATL] "J. Edgar"
    Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the notorious lawman J. Edgar Hoover in this look back at the man's life. Directed by Clint Eastwood, and co-starring Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer and Judi Dench (Published Monday, Nov 14, 2011)

    We're not exactly fans of Lautner, but then we're not exactly his target demo. That said, we have to hand it to the kid for trying to develop a post-"Twilight" career that isn't all about films like "Abduction" or "Stretch Armstrong."

    Lautner can next be seen Nov. 18 in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," while Van Sant's been directing episodes of Kelsey Grammer's new political drama "Boss," and Black's "J. Edgar," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is due to be released Nov. 9.

    Gus Van Sant's "Restless," Starring Mia Wasikowska, Coming This Fall

    [NATL] "Restless"
    Sony Picture Classics will be releasing this film about a terminally ill teenager, played Mia Wasikowska, who falls for a boy, played by Henry "Son of Dennis" Hopper, who likes to attend funerals, and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII. (Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012)