This may be hard to believe, but The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, which means premiered more than 15 years ago! That’s right, it hit screens on June 10, 2005, but it seriously feels like just yesterday!
The movie starred Taylor Lautner, Taylor Dooley, Cayden Boyd, Sasha Pieterse and more. It was about a young boy named Max, who was in for a shock when imaginary superheroes — Sharkboy and Lavagirl — came to life! They took Max back to their planet — Planet Drool — where he battled aliens and school bullies who were transformed into powerful villains, ultimately saving the planet from destruction.
Years after the original premiered, Netflix reimagined the story of Sharkboy and Lavagirl with We Can Be Heroes. While Lautner didn’t return, Dooley reprised her iconic role.
“I never thought I would [return],” the actress said during a December 2020 interview with HollywoodLife. “I mean, I always hoped because we were actually originally supposed to do a sequel potentially. So I always had hoped that we were going to, and then as the years passed, it just kind of dwindled. I had gotten out of acting to go to college and get my degree and live my life and start my family before I jumped back into acting as an adult. So when this came about 15 years later, it was a complete surprise and just a beautiful blessing to be able to say Lavagirl started my career and she’s kind of helping me restart my career, which is just the coolest.”
The actress is also gearing up to return for the We Can Be Heroes sequel.
“44 MILLION FAMILIES will have suited up for WE CAN BE HEROES in its first 4 weeks!!” director, Robert Rodriguez, shared via social media in February 2021. “And … BREAKING NEWS: The Heroics are coming back for round two! I’m in full development of the sequel.”
As fans know, not everyone returned for the Sharkboy and Lavagirl reboot. So, what are the rest of the original movie’s stars up to now? We decided to do some investigating, and boy, have they changed a lot over the last 15 years! Some of the movie’s stars went on to land some pretty big roles, while others stepped away from the spotlight and are now parents — but either way, they certainly accomplished so much! Scroll through our gallery to see what the cast of The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl is up to now.
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