Stretch Armstrong 3D gets cast
I find it hard to believe that there's really going to be a film about Stretch Armstrong, the bendy, stretchy action figure (toy) that kids play with and try to deliberately break, but there is, and the casting has been announced.
Taylor Lautner, one of the stars of the Twilight franchise, has been cast as the rubber toy, despite the fact that he's also going to be Max Steel and continue in the Twilight franchise. Oh, and that some say he can't act.
So I'm not really taken by the news that one of the hottest young actors of the day is taking on the role, it's not really surprising, I'm just surprised that they are even bothering to make the film in the first place.
There are so many great films out there that aren't getting made and the studio's are resorting to bringing to life films about bendy toys? Come on, even Transformers could be deemed a masterpiece next to the idea of this story, surely! I mean how much can you write about a bendy, stretchy superhero? After all we've already seen one in Fantastic Four, and that didn't go down well at all.
From the Deadline Hollywood Daily story comes the news that the film will be produced by Brian Grazer, so expect something big out of this, and that he's teaming with Hasbro to produce it. I wonder what Hasbro are going to add to the production mix - “he's not blond enough” or “he needs to stretch more”?
The President and CEO of Hasbro captured exactly what Stretch Armstrong the film is about though:
”The addition of Taylor Lautner and the 3-D twist to Stretch Armstrong is sure to pay dividends when the film is released in 2012.”
Yes, it's all about the dividend. Good news though, it's going to be released in 3D, so there can be lots of stretching and pinging back towards camera, and we'll get to see Taylor Lautner with his top off really close, and in 3D to the camera. Quality.