Taylor Lautner To Portray Porn Star Dirk Diggler
By JACKIE WILLIS
October 09, 2013
Taylor Lautner is going from teen-wolf heartthrob in Twilight to well-endowed '70s porn star in Boogie Nights.
The 21-year-old actor will portray Mark Wahlberg's iconic character Dirk Diggler, from Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 film, during a live reading of the film put on by Jason Reitman (Up In the Air, Juno) at the LACMA's Film Independent tonight, Oct. 9, E! confirms.
If you're unfamiliar with Boogie Nights, which also starred Burt Reynolds, Heather Graham, Don Cheadle and Julianne Moore (to name a few), the movie is the story of young man Dirk Diggler's adventures in the California pornography industry of the 1970s and '80s.
Reitman confirmed the other roles for the live reading via Twitter. Mae Whitman (Parenthood, Arrested Development) will play Graham's Rollergirl, while Judy Greer (Carrie) will portray Moore's Amber Waves role.
This is the director's second live reading of Boogie Nights. He put one on at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September and had The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg take on the role of Diggler. Drinking Buddies star Olivia Wilde played Amber Waves.
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