Who is JJ Dashnaw? We Can be Heroes has a new Sharkboy actor and audiences may be surprised at just how many notable films he’s worked on.

Film fans will be familiar with a range of films which released in 2005, whether that’s Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins or Sam Mendes’ Jarhead.

However, audiences are being reminded of a film from that year which may have slipped their minds since…

Yes, it’s The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring Taylor Dooley and Taylor Lautner in the titular roles, the film has garnered somewhat of a cult following over the years and is now being followed up with a sequel.

Titled We Can be Heroes, Robert Rodriguez is back at the helm and fans can expect to see it on Netflix from Friday, January 1st 2020.

Taylor Dooley is reprising the role. However, Taylor Lautner isn’t and JJ Dashnaw has stepped up to don the fin.

So, who is he?

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Who is JJ Dashnaw? Sharkboy actor in We Can be Heroes

  • JJ Dashnaw stars as Sharkboy in We Can be Heroes and is predominantly known for his work as a stuntman.

He has worked as a stunt coordinator on such projects as Jumanji: The Next Level, Baywatch, Jason Bourne, The Hateful Eight, Fantastic Four, The Purge: Anarchy, Thor: The Dark World, Django Unchained, Iron Man 2, Avatar and many more.

So, while he hasn’t necessarily been front-and-centre, he has still been part of a wealth of Hollywood productions.

On the other hand, he boasts some acting credits too.

Taking his TV work into consideration, he has starred in episodes of S.W.A.T. (he played Ozzy), The Son (McCullough Ranch Hand), The Unit (multiple extras), Knight Rider (Hostage #1), CSI (Brian Haddick), CSI: NY (Perry Samuels), CSI: Miami (Dave), Criminal Minds (Matthew Cooke) and The O.C. (Jamie).

He was also in the 2018 Coen brothers film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Cantina Scum).

Robert Rodriguez has confirmed that JJ won’t have a speaking role in We Can be Heroes:

“Sharkboy and Lavagirl show up as superhero parents who now have a daughter who has shark and lava powers… the only speaking role is for Lavagirl.”

What is the 2021 Sharkboy and Lavagirl sequel about?

The film tells the tale of parents being snatched away by alien invaders. Taking action, all of the superhero children band together to save their parents and, you guessed it, the entire world in the process.

Vivien Lyra Blair stars as Guppy, Sharkboy and Lavagirl’s daughter.

Additionally, the cast includes the likes of Christian Slater, Priyanka Chopra, Pedro Pascal, Sung Kang, Boyd Holbrook and more.

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Fans react to no Taylor Lautner

It may feature some well-known names, but some fans aren’t impressed that Taylor Lautner won’t return to reprise the Sharkboy role.

Check out a selection of tweets:

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