Taylor Lautner Back for Twilight Sequel (But Only If He Buffs Up)

Actor Taylor Lautner appears at the "Twilight" cast's Q & A and Paramore's live performance and autograph signing at the Hollywood and Highland Hot Topic on November 18, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

New Moon, the sequel to the mega-successful teen vampire movie Twilight, will have Taylor Lautner returning as Jacob Black.

Twilight author Stephanie Meyer confirmed it by posting a note from New Moon director Chris Weitz:
I'm very happy to announce that Taylor Lautner will be playing Jacob Black in New Moon and that he's doing so with the enthusiastic support of Summit Entertainment, the producers, and Stephenie Meyer.

The characters in Stephenie's books go through extraordinary changes of circumstance and also appearance; so it is not surprising that there has been speculation about whether the same actor would portray a character who changes in so many surprising ways throughout the series. But it was my first instinct that Taylor was, is, and should be Jacob, and that the books would be best served by the actor who is emotionally right for the part. I think that fans of Twilight the book and the movie will be surprised by the Jacob Black that Taylor will bring to the screen in New Moon; and I'm looking forward to working with him and the rest of the cast in realizing the film.
Meyer added, "I'm truly thrilled that Taylor was the one who proved to the director, to Summit, and to me that he is the best possible Jacob we could have. And I'm very much looking forward to seeing what he's going to bring to Jacob's character this year."

There had been speculation that Lautner would be replaced. His character in the franchise is supposed to look around 25 years old in the sequel. Lautner has promised to work out, saying he'll gain 19 pounds of muscle before shooting begins.

Also returning for the sequel are Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan and Robert Pattinson heartthrob vampire Edward Cullen. New Moon is set to be released on November 20th.
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