Taylor Dooley reprises her role as Lavagirl, but the upcoming sequel recasts Sharkboy without Taylor Lautner

Written by: Natalie Benoit – November 18th, 2020 9:51 pm pst

Sharkboy & Lavagirl Sequel


A Sharkboy and Lavagirl comeback is far from just a dream, dream, dream, dream, dream, dream! Netflix is granting fans of the family-friendly superhero film the ultimate gift for the new year with We Can Be Heroes. The sequel is expected for a global release on New Year’s Day through the streaming platform. Director Robert Rodriguez takes viewers back into the cinematic world we were first introduced to in 2005 with The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D

In the original movie, Taylor Dooley portrayed the unforgettable hot pink wearing lava bender, opposite Taylor Lautner’s spikey-haired half-boy, half-shark character. Dooley, who’s now 27 years old, will reprise her role alongside a star-studded cast. We Can Be Heroes features Priyanka Chopra, Pedro Pascal, Christian Slater, and several other well-known actors. Cayden Boyd and George Lopez, who respectively played Max and Mr. Electric, are not listed as cast members nor are they expected in the new film. Fans, however, were quick to question a photo Netflix shared on Twitter announcing the news.    

Twitter users immediately noticed the man under the mask was not Lautner. From the jawline alone, fans could tell the shark-hybrid on the poster was not the OG star… so who is? 

The character has been recast with another familiar actor from fellow adventure fantasy Spy Kids. J.J. Dashnaw played Brat’s Dad in the childhood spy movie and is now replacing Lautner as Sharkboy. Dashnaw has also appeared in Sin City and Django Unchained

The film is set years after the timeline of the first movie. Photos show Bird Box star Vivien Lyra Blair, better known as “Girl,” taking up the role of Sharkboy and Lavagirl’s young daughter, Guppy. As nostalgic as We Can Be Heroes is, it’s a little jarring knowing the two are parents! Anyone else feeling old?  

  About The Author:

Natalie Benoit is a bilingual, multimedia student journalist at Emerson College working on her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in public relations. She is a fall 2020 virtual intern for AfterBuzz TV who hopes to pursue a career in entertainment news reporting and producing. Benoit is a huge fan of action packed fantasies and teen angst shows, including Money Heist, The Witcher and Euphoria. She’s also an avid TikTok user and enjoys watching YouTube videos from different creators.

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