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Lautner in New Moon

01.07.2009

Taylor Lautner With TWILIGHT now being a bonafide international smash, there were rumors that the franchise's producers were looking to replace Taylor Lautner as the lycanthropic Jacob Black, who takes center stage in the sequel NEW MOON, with a more audience friendly "name" actor. Which sucked for tween fangirls pining away for more Lautner and, of course, for Lautner himself since he'd be out of a job. However, TWILIGHT mastermind Stephanie Meyer recently received confirmation from NEW MOON director Chris Weitz that Lautner will, in fact, be back. He mentioned: "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." And why is he back? "…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." So…good?

Extra Tidbit: Lautner's middle name is Daniel.
Source: SM

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