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Twilight Cast Upheaval! Who's In? And Who's OUT?????

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There seems to be a lot of talk and UNCERTAINTY surrounding the new Twilight sequel, New Moon.

So much so that new director Chris Weitz and even author Stephenie Meyer had to release statements explaining the situation.

But what about the reports that the studio, Summit, doesn't want to re-hire "baby-faced" Taylor Lautner as Jacob. Apparently, they don't think he has what it takes to play the werewolf love interest/lead in New Moon.

The statements released didn't confirm his return.

That was NOT an oversight!

Now, reports are that the 26 year-old actor Michael Copon, from Scorpion King 2 (above, bottom), is one of the several actors director Weitz is considering to play the new and larger Jacob Black role.

A rep for Copon said they are making all efforts to land this gig. Even Copon is taking to self-advertisement by changing his Facebook status to messages such as "Michael Copon in a Twilight Zone!" and "Michael Copon is the older Jacob Black!" His rep confirmed that the Facebook is indeed Copon's.

Hey, whatever it takes to be noticed!

Even Summit confirmed that omitting Launter from the release wasn't an error. A rep said, "The casting decision in regards to the character Jacob Black has yet to be made."


Additionally, 27-year-old Prince Caspian star Ben Barnes is also campaigning for a role. He's said to be actiively trying to get the role of Aro, "a mind-reading vampire whose "New Moon" encounter with Edward and Bella helps shape their destiny together." And, coincidentally enough, Barnes has the same manager as Copon and Twilight star Cam Gigandet.

We smell a big paycheck coming in for their manager!

But even when a lead for Jacob has been cast, director Weitz is only left with about 12 weeks until filming starts.

There you have it Twilight fans!

What do U think?

Would Michael Copon be a good choice for the role of Jacob?

Would you be happy with Barnes in New Moon????

So much to discuss!!!

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734 comments to “Twilight Cast Upheaval! Who's In? And Who's OUT?????”

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  1. 1

    Aarrghh they both should be out.

  2. 2

    I really couldn't care less about Twilight, but the top guy is pretty cute– I'd do him (if I were that into guys…)

  3. 3

    I'll go for Ben Barnes.

  4. 4

    michael copon cant act for shit. i hope he doesn't get it.

  5. 5

    Hey - thanks for the spoiler Perez. I have only just read the first book and was looking forward to New Moon.

  6. 6

    Copon=SUCKS BIG TIME! His acting consists of being a douche bag.

    Let Taylor stay as Jacob

  7. 7

    Michael has a great Jacob smile. :)

  8. 8

    STEVEN STRAIGHT SHOULD BE JACOB BLACK!!!!!!!!! thats supossedly who stephanie meyer penned the character after and who she wanted but he was too old so …what ?….is he tooo big to do this roll now i mean he looks EXACTLY like taylor lautner only WAY HOTTER!!! i dont know if he has any indian in him tho! i think girls would die if they casted steven and it would be the best move ever!

  9. 9

    OMG. if they get rid of taylor lautner i will legitimately CRY!

  10. 10

    "Who's in? Who's out?"

    Who gives a fuck?!?

  11. 11

    EWWWW ben barnes.

    Michael copon would be an okay jacob but i prefer taylor :)

  12. 12

    NOOOO!!!!! Recasting would be horrible. Taylor all the way!

  13. 13

    NO I want Taylor Lautner!

  14. 14

    I think its actually really awesome they're considering Barnes for Aro, although he should be older. but they NEED to KEEP Taylor. This is serious.

  15. 15

    No. I've read the twilight series more time then I would like to mention and I do not think Michael has what it takes to play Jacob. Taylor Lautner is definitely more Jacob-like than Michael. Michael is so cocky and arrogant and that is not how Jacob is at all in New Moon!

  16. 16


  17. 17

    They chould change BELLA…
    that girl (which I don't know her name) really sucks!

  18. 18

    no no no no no no no… an indian should play an indian… NOOOOOO!!!

    they should of thought of all this before they made twilight..

    the idea blows.

  19. 19

    They both suck anyways, have u got anything better mario???

  20. 20

    I think Copon would be a much better Jacob. I hope with all these big changes being done with New Moon we are in for a much better movie! Im actually excited to see it now and I think if hardwicke would of stayed on i wouldnt be. I would of expected to same let down from twilight.

  21. 21

    Taylor should stay and be Jacob Black seriously why did they cast him to begin with if they aren't happy with him? It's not like they didn't know the plot line behind his character before.

  22. 22

    hasn't the first movie been out for less than 2 weeks??………..who cares about the next installment?
    Re: topper – sticky honey is def a nice touch….but i miss the last view….xo………..purely professional opinion…lol

  23. 23

    WAY better in my opinion. I think Taylor did a great job in Twilight, but agree that he looks to young to play the older version of Jacob. This casting decision would be fab… he looks enough like Taylor that it would be an easy, believable transition for viewers.

  24. 24

    this is old news honey!
    Jacob grows a lot in the second and third book..so obviously they need a bigger actor..
    Even though the new guy is cute..he doesnt look much American Indian to me..

  25. 25

    If that is a picture of the "new"jacob black, then i approve. :)

  26. 26

    keep taylor, switching actors is going to suck in the long run

  27. 27


  28. 28

    thats bullcrap! taylor lautner is soo much cuter than this copon kid. they're ruining everything!

  29. 29

    And in the books I always pictured Aro as someone older like in his 30's-40's … haha.
    Michael Copon confirmed on his official facebook that he was the new Jacob Black.

  30. 30

    keep taylor!!!
    the second book is the worst out of all of them so they might as well keep taylor as jacob. he did a great job as jacob in the movie so they should keep him.

    and as for ben and michael none of them even look like an indian.

  31. 31

    If they seriously change Taylor Lautner i will be extremely upset. Why can't they just leave it the way it is!

  32. 32

    NO! They should leave the cast the way it was, and only add the new cast members! They do not need to change anyone! I dont like it when people totally change!! Jacob is suppose to look young! Dumb asses!

  33. 33

    NOOO! if they're gonna change jacob then change bella too!! that girl is annoying and not at all how she seemed in the book. she's so blah.

    neither of those actors have the jacob feel. leave taylor lautner assholes

  34. 34

    not this other dude!!! PLEASE

  35. 35

    i love taylor- this guy scares me

  36. 36

    I think you need to learn how to spell or start using spellchecker fatty. It's "omitting", not "ommiting."

  37. 37

    i won't go to the movie if taylor lautner isn't in it. end of story.

  38. MaryR says – reply to this


    Keep Taylor…he is way cuter!

  39. 39

    I know I'll be pissed if they take out Taylor Lautner.
    He was a good Jacob. They need to give him a chance!

  40. K1234 says – reply to this


    OMG OMG OMG! If Michael Copon is new Jacob, that would so awesome!
    He has the cutest smile everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
    If people won't go see the movie cuz taylor isnt in it.. then I'll replace them to see michael! haaha

  41. 41

    ben barnes definately should be in!
    NO to michael copon

  42. 42

    yessss, copon should sooo be jacob! hes perfect!!

  43. 43

    NO! If they are going to replace Taylor with ANYONE, ( I want them to keep Taylor, really ) they better get Steven Strait, if they choose this guy, its going to shit.

  44. 44

    Re: mamajud
    That one will be back next year. This view is for Santa. Something sweet for a treat.

  45. 45

    i think that michael could do a older jacob black…he has some similarities to taylor so it wouldn't be that hard to reconnect them. i still liked taylor as jacob though…

  46. 46

    I SO called it!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

    Refer to last post about babyfaced actor!

    ahhhhhhhhhhhh. He was so hot as Felix on OTH :)

  47. 47

    Google that shit, swwooonnn
    -Put him in there with my future husband Robert and it would be like selling Sex on a Stick to the kids. Loves it.

  48. 48


  49. 49

    Ben Barnes as one of the Volturi? I think that would be awesome o_o
    But I also think they should keep Taylor. I think switching characters like that is incredibly annoying.

  50. 50

    I think the top one would make a good aro, he seems rather charming and I pictured aro to be cute.

    now i really liked the jacob of twilight and I hoped he would get cast in new moon, they can make him look bigger.. look what they did with gandalf and the hobbits in lord of the rings. hopefully the put a bit more effort into new moon than they did in twilight. for the sake of the book and its fans.

  51. 51

    I think that Copon looks like a more grown up Jacob so he would be perfect but when I read the saga I pictured Aro as looking a little older, so I can't picture him playing that character.

  52. 52

    Ben Barnes FTMFW!! micheal is acting like a douche right he is plain extra I want taylor!!

  53. 53

    sure aro as ben barnes
    and i want taylor to stay!!!!

  54. 54

    They should keep the guy who already played Jacob. The fans were introduced him as Jacob, and accepted him as Jacob. Someone needs to explain what made Harry Potter such a wonderful experience,. and that was seeing the SAME Actors/Actresses in the SAME roles they originally played. Replacing the actor who plays Jacob now would be no better than having Carrot Top filling in as Ron Weasely.

  55. 55

    YES!!! BEN barnes needs to be a vampire!!!! YESS YESS YESSS!!!!
    As for Jacob… I was finally getting used to the Taylor Kid…and this other one is shitty too

  56. 56

    MICHAEL COUPON. i called this like three weeks ago.

  57. 57

    hahaha sooo funny cause for the first movie i thought of copon for the role of jacob he just looks older and more jacob like to me than taylor so i say for sure cast him! barnes is a good choice too! two hotties added so im satisfied

  58. 58

    they should leave casting as is, no need to change main characters now!
    and it's going to make a lot of people mad if they do.

  59. 59

    The person they should have replaced is Kristen aka Bella! She SUCKS so much! Stupid crack head.

  60. 60

    i love ben barnes but the man is not an indian, and taylor whosit SUCKS… i was embarassed to watch him throughout the movie. you all know how much the movie fell short of expectations so REALLY any new additions that have sub-par acting skills is a good addition. as long as robert pattison is there i'm alll good

  61. 61

    surprisingly, im fine with this…
    he's very sexxy.

  62. 62

    good books. bad movies. who cares.

  63. 63

    I'm so not on Team Jacob but I think it'll be confusing to the audience now that Twilight has come out. If they wanted an older actor they should have hired one in the first place. Keep Taylor Lautner

  64. 64

    they should have planned in advance that jacob grows and changes and should have incorporated that. i think that taylor should stay… he can do it. it would be foolish to add someone else.

  65. 65

    You know, if they replace Taylor Lautner, people may become confused as to which is which.

    Taylor Lautner was amazing in Twilight.
    I don't know why anyone would even want to replace him.

  66. Lo says – reply to this


    i think they should give lautner a chance, but i cant see him being all too serious, aand barnes would be delish ;)

  67. 67

    KEEP TAYLOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  68. 68

    FUCK. NO. No. No. No. No. No. NO.
    that guy is old and he looks NOTHING like jacob.
    and ben barnes is ok. i could see that.
    but jacob?!
    when you think about it, the next movie's coming out in 2010, right? so if they keep to that schedule, the last movie will come out in 2014. in 2014 that guy is going to be in his THIRTIES!!! and robert pattinson won't be far behind. and then they'll be wishing that they weren't such morons and that they'd hired an actor that WASN'T middle aged to play a teenager.
    you think people can't tell the difference? well guess what dumbass, they can.
    if they don't cast taylor lautner, there's no way in hell i will ever see that movie, and i can promise that i won't be the only one.
    if they weren't such greedy assholes intent upon ruining the books as much as they possibly can, i might consider rethinking that. but since they don't seem to give a shit about what the movie ends up like, i don't give a shit enough to watch it in all of its shiteousness.
    oh, and that guy who's supposed to play jacob is UGLY and tattooed. WHY?!

  69. 69

    Taylor IS Jacob Black. Summit is making a mistake by recasting him. WE WANT TAYLOR!!!!

  70. 70

    Not to fond of the guy they might choose for aro….and Jacob Black SUCKS!!!!!

    Taylor was an awesome Jacob and if not him, then steven strait! Who cares if hes not so young? He would make an amazing Jacob!

  71. 71

    YES to Ben Barnes as Aro.

    NO to Michael Copon as Jacob. KEEP TAYLOR!!

  72. 72

    copon is a horrible actor. jacob needs to be dynamic, not just a dumb pretty boy.

  73. 73

    SOLD! ill take em…as far as im concerned the people complaining about copon should be just as peeved when lautner got cast as he also is a shit actor…but when it comes down to hotness ill take copon…lautners just way to young. bring on barnes yum!

  74. 74

    ben barnes as aro would be righteous… the other guy, dunno who he is.

    people are feeling way too passionately towards the casting and the novels in general. whack!

  75. 75

    team BEN all the way i love ben his voice is mesmerizing it will be interesting to hear in american or lol native american accent for jacob but idk about the role of Aro i always pictured an older person portraying Aro

  76. 76

    way better! I am a HUGE fan of all the books and the movie….However, I was a little unsure about the "New Moon" movie…I don't think Taylor has what it takes to play Jacob…he is cute and all, but I think this new guy would be waaayyy better! He is the Jacob I imagined! And the other guy would be great too!

  77. 77

    well, i've gotta admit, that copon dude does fit the jacob role PHYSICALLY, but no bb, u cant act!! jajaja let taylor stay! he has been getting pretty buff recently, could easily get better in no time! and bin bons… i thought aro was like an ancient practically. i dunno. kinda sketchyyyyyy!

  78. 78

    COPON IS NOT JAKE!!! i hope they keep Taylor… Ben Barnes would make an ok Aro, but what about the rest of the Volturi??? I wanna know who they'll cast as Jane!

  79. 79


  80. 80

    I see the change here.
    It MAKES sense. I mean, I've read all the sequel and it DOES state that Jacob DOES change in height. Michael Copon seems like a reasonable actor to fit the job, as the NEW Jacob, described in New Moon. How Jacob changes into his "werewolf" form, but he just DOESN'T suit BELLA. They just dont connect, have someone BETTER LOOKING than Michael Copon. Ben Barnes was good, someone more like him..just taller..to fit the described DETAILS that Stephanie Meyer created in New Moon and so forth unto Breaking Dawn. This is very intriguing, i'd have to say.

  81. 81

    Michael Copon or Steven Strait were my top picks to replace Taylor –> i guess Michael it is!

    And wasn't Aro supposed to be much much older?..

  82. 82

    i'm not a twilight fun but…
    michael copon = fave power ranger lol, and…
    ben barnes = delicious!

  83. 83

    TAYLOR LAUTNER should stay as jacob black. thats all i have to say.

  84. 84

    *fan, my b

  85. 85

    I think that it is all bullshit, i think Taylor would do just fine playing the role. He did fine in the first one so i dont see what the friggin issue is…..

  86. 86

    MICHAEL COPON IS AN ASS!!! He sucks and can't act his way out of a paper bag. Plus it's just tacky of him to post stuff on his Myspace about how he is Jacob Black. It's disrespectful of him to be acting like that because Taylor Lautner has fans, and they aren't happy about this at all. I'd much prefer Lautner over that Copon Asshat. Copon has cheeseball written all over him. Kristen Stewart would shread him.
    Ben Barnes, on the other hand, is just fine by me!!

  87. 87

    YES YES YES YES YES YES YES for Ben Barnes!!!!!!!! It would make "New Moon" that much better! I love him!

    Michael Copon sucks ass! Keep Taylor as Jacob!

  88. 88

    Ben is good
    just not Copon he dont have what it takes to be Jacob
    Team Taylor all the way!!!
    but Steven strait would be good too

  89. 89

    Ben Barnes is sooo hot.
    I don't care if he isn't right for Jacob!
    I just want to see him run around half naked for the majority of the movie. x]

  90. 90

    He`s better than the last Jacob. In the second and third book Jacob is this huge guy, that looks like he`s around 25. There is noway the last Jacob could pull that off. Plus this guy is really cute!

  91. 91

    fuck yeah!!
    ben barnes better be aro he's damn sexy!!!!
    i love twilight!!

  92. 92

    this is horrible.
    it won't be the same if taylor leaves.

  93. 93

    No. Lautner HAS to play Jacob. They can't just change actors!

    All the TWILIGHT fans are going to be SO FUCKIN PISSED!

  94. 94

    theyre both sexysexy

  95. 95

    Re: xholls4 – really, you think yellow teeth = great smile?? thats grose.. taylor has a ballin white smile!

  96. 96

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO keep Jacob Lautner!! Jacob is only 16 in the books, he doesn't need to look older!
    And yes to Barnes! He's beautiful and would be perfect as Aro

  97. 97

    NOO!! TAYLOR LAUTNER SHOULD STAY ON AS JACOB!! im sure that with some make up or something he could look older thann he really is, just like most of the other actors use to look younger!!! and wtf with ben as aro?!! no way!

  98. 98

    i wouldnt mind ben barnes but i love taylor lautner as jacob!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  99. 99

    what a hot mess of a series - didn't they cast the original kid with the sequel in mind?

  100. 100

    Puhlease the poser who can't act and thinks he can hide behind his pig nose is taylor lautner! HA! That fuck can't act for shit! Thank God at least they 'll get another actor in there, even if it is sloppy seconds from a failed scorpion king sequel. And Ben Barnes is SOOOOOO hottt AHHH love him!

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