'Twilight' star Jackson Rathbone in Web series 'Aim High': Watch the trailer here -- EXCLUSIVE

Jackson Rathbone may be best known as Jasper in the Twilight films, but he’s taking on a new role in Aim High, Warner Bros.’s new web series produced by McG (Chuck) that premieres Aug. 1 on Facebook. Rathbone will play a high schooler, Nick Green, who moonlights as a U.S. spy when he’s not hitting the books. EW has the exclusive trailer for the series below, as well as some more details from Rathbone about the series.

Rathbone says his character Nick is all about leading a double life. “He’s kind of inundated with class work, and at night,” Rathbone explains, “he goes out and takes out terrorists. Nick is like a mix between Ferris Bueller and Jason Bourne. I played the awkwardness in school, and confidence out on missions. It was a blast for me.”

But why, pray tell, would the U.S. government want to use a high school student as a spy? Jackson explains: “He’s young, he’s fit, and he’s still kind of at that age where the idea of morality is still a little bit bendable. At the end of the day, he’s malleable. He can be taught, he can learn quickly, and it’s also the idea of the teenager — especially the modern teenager — being able to focus on so many different things at once. Nowadays you have the iPads and the iPhones and computers and all this kind of stuff, and kids are so amazing at multi-tasking. I think that’s what makes an amazing field operative, someone that can do one thing while doing 20 other things at the same time. If you can’t focus on whatever is right in front of you and everything else going on around you, you probably would be a terrible operative.”

Of course, Nick will encounter tough situations in both arenas of his life — in high school, and while out as an operative. “There is a general, overarching nemesis in this first season, but at the same time, it’s about following this kid as he tries to navigate faking a normal life in high school and hiding his operative element to the rest of the school,” Jackson says.

And because it’s a high school drama, too, there’s a juicy romantic element, natch. Friday Night Lights alum Aimee Teegarden plays a love interest for Rathbone’s Nick. “She’s fantastic,” Rathbone says of Teegarden. “She’s one of those girls who’s just so sweet to be around. Whenever she’s on set, everybody’s in a good mood. She’s not just pretty to look at but also puts a smile in your heart. She’s just an absolute sweetheart. It wasn’t too difficult to play in love with Aimee.” But the real question is: Will there be sparks? Apparently. “It’s going to be like smoking,” Rathbone says, with a laugh, “like Humphrey Bogart on screen.”

Intrigued?  Watch the exclusive trailer here, then check out the show’s Facebook page.

Tanner on Twitter: @EWTanStransky

Read more:
Bryan Singer and McG sign on to produce two new multi-platform digital series
First Look: ‘Aim High’
‘Eclipse': Most Improved Vampire Actor — Jackson Rathbone?

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  • gayle

    omg that looks wicked and Jackson is sooo badass woot def watching this

  • KM525

    OMG, this looks fantastic!!! Cannot wait!

  • Kelsey

    Amazing!! Can’t wait to see it!! Jackson looks great!!

  • Lizzie Liz

    WOW!!! Jackson even pulls off the Jackie Chan stunt!! AMAZING!! Can’t wait til August 1st =)

    • Lexi

      does he do his own stunts?

    • jaymie

      i was just thinking the same thing!!

  • Betty b

    Can’t wait to see this movie Jackson has such a awesome presence on screen.

  • LynsH

    Great cast! Can’t wait to see it!

  • Marinella

    Looks good, it’s not my kind of movie but I will defiantly check it out

  • Evgenia

    очень заинтригована,жду премьеру!!!

  • marie

    omg! this is so awesome! and jackson looks exactly as perfect as everytime! I love him and i’m gonna love thhe film!!

  • Helen

    is this ever going to become a tv show too? it looks so cool!

  • Ivy Rose

    It’s great to see our guy continuing to diversify his acting palate. Hadn’t heard of this particular endeavor until now but, it has a fun dynamic flavor TEAM J. Action XoXo @OriGiNaLsNoB

  • Lauren

    Was that Charlotte from LOST?!

  • Christal

    Awesome. I wonder who the stunt double was cause there was a couple awesome stunts!

  • Rosalyn D

    I really hope this show works out cause I like Jackson R, can see him really acting unlike what he does in Twilight.

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