At the age of 10, he began to appear in television and print commercials. While attending acting classes, he was spotted by a famous Atlanta-based talent agent Joy Pervis. Subsequently, Pervis got him his first assignment as a child model and actor.
In 2003, he played Michael in a short film titled ‘The Lovesong of Edwerd J. Robble.’ In the same year, he was cast to play a prominent role in the film ‘The Adventures of Ociee Nash.’ In the Kristen McGary-directed movie, Lucas played Harry Vanderbilt.
In 2004, he portrayed Chad in a short film ‘Pee Shy.’ In the same year, he appeared in a movie titled ‘Lightning Bug.’ The film, which premiered at the ‘Philadelphia International Film Festival,’ marked Robert Green Hall’s directorial debut.
In 2005, Lucas played his first major role when he was cast in ‘Walk the Line.’ The movie is a biopic of legendary singer-songwriter Johnny Cash. Directed by James Mangold, ‘Walk the Line’ premiered at the ‘Telluride Film Festival’ in Telluride, Colorado. Lucas played young Jack Cash, Johnny’s older brother.
In 2006, he appeared in a television film titled ‘Not Like Everyone Else.’ He played Kyle Kenney in the film, which was aired on ‘Lifetime Television.’ In the same year, he appeared in the supernatural thriller movie ‘The Other Side’ in which he played young Samuel North. Directed by Gregg Bishop, the film premiered at the ‘Slamdance Film Festival’ in Park City, Utah.
He played Jensen in the 2008 Direct-to-DVD zombie comedy film ‘Dance of the Dead.’ In the same year, he played Simon in an episode titled ‘Joy to the World’ in the acclaimed television medical drama series ‘House.’
In the 2009 Direct-to-video movie ‘Laid to Rest,’ he played a young store clerk. In the same year, he appeared as Adam Mankowitz in an episode titled ‘Things to Do in Phoenix When You're Dead’ in the supernatural drama series ‘Medium.’
In 2008, he had auditioned for ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie.’ He landed the role of Travis Brody in the movie, which released in 2009. The movie was a major milestone in his career as it was distributed by ‘Walt Disney Studios’ and starred the then-teenage singing and acting sensation Miley Cyrus.
In the 2009 Direct-to-video movie ‘The Lost & Found Family,’ he played Justin. In the same year, he also appeared in a couple of episodes of the web series ‘Fear Clinic.’ He played Brett in the web series and appeared in episodes titled ‘Scotophobia’ and ‘Hydrophobia.’
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In the 2010 action-comedy film, ‘The Spy Next Door,’ he played a Russian spy named Larry. While shooting for the film, he worked alongside the legendary actor Jackie Chan. In the same year, he appeared in an episode titled ‘The Legend of the Golden Arm’ in the television sitcom series ‘Blue Mountain State.’
The year 2011 was an important one in his acting career as he played significant roles in two big-budget movies that year. In the science fiction action movie, ‘Battle: Los Angeles,’ he played Cpl. Scott Grayston. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, the film became a huge box office success. Thereafter, he played Havok in Marvel Comics’ superhero action movie ‘X-Men: First Class.’
His performance in ‘X-Men: First Class’ was noted and appreciated. Subsequently, he earned a spot in the movie series franchise. He reprised his role as Havok in the 2014 movie ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ and in the 2016 movie ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’ Though his character was killed in the 2016 movie, there have been rumors of reviving his role in the subsequent instalments of the film series.
He appeared as Ben in the 2011 Direct-to-video superhero movie ‘All Superheroes Must Die.’ In 2012, he appeared as Sam in the Direct-to-video movie ‘Dark Hearts.’ In the same year, he also appeared in a short film titled ‘Someone Like You.’
He appeared as Chris Pitts in the 2013 British-American psychological thriller movie ‘Stoker.’ Written by ‘Prison Break’ star Wentworth Miller and directed by Park Chan-wook, the film premiered at the ‘Sundance Film Festival.’ ‘Stoker’ also marked South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook’s English-language debut.
He played Scott Norris in the 2013 Direct-to-video thriller film ‘Crush.’ In the same year, he played Toby in the Direct-to-video movie ‘Wet and Reckless.’ In 2013, he played Kevin in the Robert Luketic-directed thriller film ‘Paranoia.’ The screenplay of the film was loosely based on Joseph Finder’s novel of the same name.
Lucas played Tyler in the 2014 thriller-drama movie ‘Sins of our Youth.’ He also played important roles in the 2014 Direct-to-video films ‘Wolves’ and ‘Kristy.’
In 2015, he appeared as Josh Harvest in the Direct-to-video movie ‘Bravetown.’ He then played Bobby in ‘The Curse of Downers Grove.’ From 2016, he started playing the protagonist in the action-adventure television series ‘MacGyver.’ He played Ben in the 2016 horror movie ‘The Disappointments Room.’ In the 2017 action comedy movie, ‘Monster Trucks,’ he appeared as Tripp.