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Taylor Lautner signs on for 'Northern Lights'; Tom Cruise not attached

Taylor Lautner is set to star in the action movie Northern Lights, which, contrary to reports stating otherwise, will not feature Tom Cruise. A rep for David Ellison’s Skydance Productions tells EW the official logline is as follows: “Set against the backdrop of extreme flying, Northern Lights follows four young pilots as they compete against the world’s best. A story of teamwork, sacrifice, loss, and victory, these young aviators push themselves to physical and emotional limits in the unforgiving world of performance aerobatics.” The other pilots have not been cast.

The film, directed by John Moore (Max Payne) and produced by Ellison’s Skydance and Dean Devlin for Paramount, will start production in Louisiana in April, date TBD. Skydance – which has a deal with Paramount – says that Cruise is not attached to the project in any way. There is no “billionaire father” character as one synopsis suggested. As for the claim that Lautner will receive a $7.5 million paycheck for the film, the Skydance rep had no comment.

David Ellison, a former pilot who was one of the stars of Flyboys, is the son of Oracle’s Larry Ellison.

Originally posted January 6 2010 — 6:17 PM EST

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