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First look at Netflix’s grown-up Sharkboy and Lavagirl reveals a Taylor Lautner replacement

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GROWN UP SHARKBOY AND LAVAGIRL in we can be heroes Image: Netflix

The finest piece of cinema to come out in 2005 is undoubtedly Robert Rodriguez’s The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D. And good news for us all, the sequel looks just as delightfully outlandish.

If you’re not familiar with this part of Rodriguez’s filmography, allow me to explain. Following the success of the Spy Kids trilogy — the first of which is simply an objectively good film — came Sharkboy and Lavagirl. It’s not really a good movie, but it is a fantastic experience.

This absolutely zany adventure starred Taylor Lautner and Taylor Dooley as the titular superheroes, who may or may not be figments of a young boy’s imagination, as they team up to save the world. It’s known for cartoonish costumes and sets, garish special effects, overly histrionic acting, and the most unnerving minute and a half of film, as Lautner’s Sharkboy sings a very aggressive lullaby.

The sequel, entitled We Can Be Heroes, comes to Netflix on Jan. 1, an auspicious start to 2021. It follows a team of children who have to save their parents from an alien invasion. From the first pictures alone, it already vibrates with the same unapologetically childlike energy of Spy Kids. And on Wednesday, Netflix released new photos of the Sharkboy and Lavagirl sequel featuring the heroes themselves. They’re grown-up now and ... have a kid! That’s right — Sharkboy and Lavagirl canonically banged and reproduced. While Taylor Dooley reprises her role as Lavagirl, Taylor Lautner did not sign up to play Sharkboy again, which is honestly a personal betrayal, but I’ll get over it because Lavagirl just looks amazing.

GROWN UP SHARKBOY AND LAVAGIRL in we can be heroes Image: Netflix
lavagirl flying to the rescue in we can be heroes Image: Netflix
a young girl riding a shark in we can be heroes
Gives a whole new meaning to Baby Shark
Image: Netflix

The Netflix cast list reveals that joining the cast are Pedro Pascal, Priyanka Chopra Jones, Boyd Holbrook, and Christian Slater. Check out other pics from the movie below:

pedro pascal and a group in we can be heroes Photo: Ryan Green/Netflix
a group of kids ready to kick some butt in we can be heroes Photo: Ryan Green/Netflix
priyanka chopra in we can be heroes looking boss in we can be heroes Photo: Ryan Green/Netflix