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Actor Ben Winchell replaces Taylor Lautner in Max Steel lead role

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Feb 06, 2014 | 11:01am EST

Actor Ben Winchell has been tapped to replace Taylor Lautner in the live-action Max Steel film. The Twilight star signed on to play the superhero in 2009, but dropped out of the movie a year later (10) for the Stretch Armstrong film. He later exited that project as well. Newcomer Winchell will star as the extreme sports star-turned-secret agent Max McGrath alongside Ana Villafane, who will play his love interest Sydney Gardner. The much-anticipated film will be directed by Stewart Hendler and Thor: The Dark World screenwriter Christopher Yost will pen the script.

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