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Lautner in New Moon

01.07.2009by:

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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1:41PM on 01/08/2009
I was too taken aback by that guys off-putting facial appearance to read any of this article. That's a weird lookin' dude.
I was too taken aback by that guys off-putting facial appearance to read any of this article. That's a weird lookin' dude.
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1:16PM on 01/08/2009
I'm glad taylor will play jacob for the next movie. He did a good job with what he was given in Twilight and with proper cgi he can pull off the role. Jacob grows in size, but he's still only 16 so having Taylor play him will work.
I've read the books and I have to say they are off the charts better then the first movie. But with better direction and more money these books could be great movies. The books themselves are alot like the Harry Potter series. I'm sure snobs and hater will
I'm glad taylor will play jacob for the next movie. He did a good job with what he was given in Twilight and with proper cgi he can pull off the role. Jacob grows in size, but he's still only 16 so having Taylor play him will work.
I've read the books and I have to say they are off the charts better then the first movie. But with better direction and more money these books could be great movies. The books themselves are alot like the Harry Potter series. I'm sure snobs and hater will disagree, but I've read them both and they are very similar in tone. Imagine if they had attempted to make Potter on a miniscule budget with a director more suited to small indie films. This should be a special effects loaded vampire/werewolf film. They are love stories with more action/fighting as they progress, but they aren't 30 Days of night type vampire movies. Anyone expecting that is bound for dissapointment. And if they don't give them more money for the next and bigger installments then it's all pointless because they'll suck no matter who's in them.
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11:15AM on 01/08/2009
I have read the books and seen the movie and although I know the word was he was not a big enough "name", my concern has always been that he does not suit the part of what Jacob becomes in later books. In the first he is rather goofy and young but all that changes when he starts shape-shifting into a huge-ass wolf. I know he has been bulking up but honestly does he look like a alpha werewolf to you....some serious movie magic had better happen here!
I have read the books and seen the movie and although I know the word was he was not a big enough "name", my concern has always been that he does not suit the part of what Jacob becomes in later books. In the first he is rather goofy and young but all that changes when he starts shape-shifting into a huge-ass wolf. I know he has been bulking up but honestly does he look like a alpha werewolf to you....some serious movie magic had better happen here!
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8:55AM on 01/08/2009
Although im not a fan of Twilight i'm glad he's keepin the role, thats completley fucked for hollywood to do that cause someone isn't a big name idc who u r.
Although im not a fan of Twilight i'm glad he's keepin the role, thats completley fucked for hollywood to do that cause someone isn't a big name idc who u r.
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4:48AM on 01/08/2009

can he hit lefties?



can he hit lefties?


can he hit lefties?
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1:54AM on 01/08/2009
Is that dude in mid-werewolf makeup? Or does he have one fucked up nose?
Is that dude in mid-werewolf makeup? Or does he have one fucked up nose?
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1:20AM on 01/08/2009
Generally, it sucks ass to see an actor get replaced for a sequel because he's not a big enough name (Harkens back to Billy Dee Williams as Harvey Dent in Batman '89)

Otherwise, it's whatever. Never saw Twilight. Don't care to.
Generally, it sucks ass to see an actor get replaced for a sequel because he's not a big enough name (Harkens back to Billy Dee Williams as Harvey Dent in Batman '89)

Otherwise, it's whatever. Never saw Twilight. Don't care to.
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1:17AM on 01/08/2009
Never read the books. Got dragged to the movie by my lady friend. She tells me that in the books Jacob is like 6 foot 5, which is key because he needs to be capable of actually fighting the vampires. Not sure that little Taylor Lautner will be convincing in that aspect of the role. But I guess they aren't making this franchise for me.
Never read the books. Got dragged to the movie by my lady friend. She tells me that in the books Jacob is like 6 foot 5, which is key because he needs to be capable of actually fighting the vampires. Not sure that little Taylor Lautner will be convincing in that aspect of the role. But I guess they aren't making this franchise for me.
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1:11AM on 01/08/2009

I suppose its good

This kid is by far not the worst thing about this movie (the direction was, which hopefully seems to be fixed) but if they replace anything on this character Ihope its the hair extensions.
This kid is by far not the worst thing about this movie (the direction was, which hopefully seems to be fixed) but if they replace anything on this character Ihope its the hair extensions.
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12:03AM on 01/08/2009

Good

I haven't seen Twilight, and I don't plan to, but I'm glad Taylor Lautner is staying in this role. I could understand him being replaced if he was being an arrogant dick, or was getting into the nose candy, but replacing him because he's not a "big name"? That's a whole mess of fail.

Reminds me of when DreamWorks tried to replace Peter Sallis as the voice of Wallace in Curse of the Were-Rabbit because he wasn't a household name.
I haven't seen Twilight, and I don't plan to, but I'm glad Taylor Lautner is staying in this role. I could understand him being replaced if he was being an arrogant dick, or was getting into the nose candy, but replacing him because he's not a "big name"? That's a whole mess of fail.

Reminds me of when DreamWorks tried to replace Peter Sallis as the voice of Wallace in Curse of the Were-Rabbit because he wasn't a household name.
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