Taylor Lautner is living a fairy tale — two of them, to be exact.
Two of the 19-year-old actor’s co-stars have lined up separate “Snow White” projects — Kristen Stewart in Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” and Lily Collins in Relativity Media’s “Snow White” — a casting quirk that had Lautner saying in a recent interview with MTV News, “It’s crazy!”
So which project (and which actress) has Lautner’s allegiance? Unsurprisingly, both his “Twilight” co-star and his “Abduction” leading lady.
“I’m lucky, because they’re completely different Snow Whites, so I feel like I don’t have to choose one,” he said. “They’re completely different stories, and the Snow Whites themselves are totally different.”
Lautner’s not kidding. Collins’ version, co-starring Julia Roberts as the evil queen, will be directed by Tarsem Singh, who described his vision to us thusly: “It’s actually like if you looked at Gaudi’s architecture, based in England, done like a turn-of-the-century Russian film by an Indian guy.” Stewart’s project, “Snow White and the Huntsman,” stars Charlize Theron as the evil queen and is said to focus more heavily on action and to tweak the familiar tale so Snow White is on the run and protected by the Huntsman. Both flicks are slated to hit theaters next year.
Meanwhile, Collins has also signed on to star in an adaptation of “City of Bones,” the first book in the best-selling young-adult series “The Mortal Instruments.” Lautner certainly has some experience with bringing wildly popular novels to the big screen, but he said there’s not much advice he can give her — because, as he told us, she doesn’t need any.
“I don’t know if I need to give her advice,” Lautner said. “She’s going to be able to handle it just fine. I’m very excited.”
While he may not dole out any tips, Collins learned a ton from Lautner during the “Abduction” shoot. “I would watch the way he deals with his fans. It’s incredible,” she told us in January. “We’d be shooting at nights where we finish at 7 in the morning, and one night, we had 600 fans in the middle of nowhere in Pittsburgh waiting outside, and it was probably almost 5 in the morning, and he went out and signed every single autograph. He was always there to be with his fans and to make sure they knew he appreciated them.”