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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."

Drama!!!

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. 301

    love both. they both looked as i had imagined them.



  2. 302

    ben barnes is awesome, he should play jacob as he could credibly pose a romantic threat to robert pattinson



  3. 303

    SUMMIT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i wont be watching new moon that actor is…okay looking but he BLOWS as an actor



  4. 304

    Lautner is cute and did a nice job in Twilight, but I don't think he has what it takes to play an older Jacob.
    As for Barnes, I thought Aro was supposed to look older… or am I wrong? Or that's just the way I pictured him in my head. At any rate, if he's supposed to look young, go Barnes!!



  5. 305

    Copon is pretty high on the fuckability scale, but Barnes just doesn't tickle my cherry. If you now what I'm saying.



  6. 306

    new jacob black. NOT OKAY. we want taylor..



  7. 307

    No and no. The Jacob in Twilight needs to go but not to this Copon guy and what's his face from Prince Caspian looks too girlish to be one of the oldest Vampires. They need a more foreign looking guy and a little older. Just a little. Benicio Del Toro would be a great Aro…



  8. 308

    hell no.
    taylor lautner is jacob black.

    i hate when they switch actors in the middle of movies…



  9. 309

    I WANT TAYLOR LAUTNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  10. 310

    IN TAYLOR LAUTNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  11. 311

    wtf !!!!!! ummm how can they just change jacob in the next movie !!!!! thats fuckin stupid …. is Chris Weitz just trying to ruin the movie more !!!!! twilight was bearly passing good 4 me and now this oh hell no …. they better not ruin the movie even more !!!! they should just keep Taylor Lautner ughhhh!!!!!!!!

    fuck chris weitz his directing sucksss!!!!!!!!!!!



  12. 312

    yes to Ben Barnes, Steven Strait for Jacob!



  13. 313

    we need to sign a petition to save Taylor!!!! It's sooooooooooooo dumb when they change people! He was really excited to have a bigger role in New Moon!!! Don't take that away from him!!!



  14. 314

    i think they should have a poll.
    and let Twilighters vote on who they should have as jacob.
    (aka TAYLOR LAUTNER.)



  15. 315

    I think that either of these choices would be horrible! I was super excited to see the next movie BECAUSE of Jacob Lautner! I think it would be HUGE mistake to change their casting. I think he is more than capable to play the part, and if the casting were changed, I would hold a HUGE grudge against whoever authorized that STUPID change!!!



  16. 316

    I think STEVEN STRAIGH should play JACOB BLACK!
    he looks like him and I think he is more like Jacob then the other guy



  17. 317

    this totally makes me mad! You cant change a an actor after they were already in one movie.These people should have really thought about this before they cast taylor! I'm pretty sure they knew that there would be more than just one movie. . . and I would totally love to play the role of leah clearwater.



  18. 318

    Awww. I would like taylor to stay as jacob.



  19. 319

    they CANNOT replace taylor lautner…
    stupid move on their part…they just lost a customer…



  20. 320

    Piggy stop drooling and touching yourself with the pics of this boys… is not appropriate!

  21. NatB. says – reply to this


    321

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  22. 322

    Re: jessejames82 – yes i think the exact same thing!!! steven straight would be so perfect!!! i can see it already!



  23. 323

    I THINK STEVEN STRAIGHT SHOULD BE JACOB!!!! NOT THIS "POWER RANGER" DUDE!!!

    BEN BARNES IS GOOD TO BE ARO….. SO HE COULD STAY.



  24. 324

    Only little girls and emotionally/socially repressed fat women have interest in Twilight.



  25. 325

    What the hell!? They can't replace Taylor! :( He's too hot.



  26. 326

    Hahaha hey look at that michael copon guy! He has tattoos! Yay for makeup having to cover them up bahaha



  27. 327

    arghhhh I like the current Jacob…he's cute and sweet like any 15-16 year old should be…like him so much so I wouldn't care much about his height…after all Bella and Alice are cast the same height tho Alice should easily fit into Bella's baby clothes :D and still they are perfect…although…getting a new Jacob would be a prerequisite for me to believe that Bella could actually fall in love with him…hmmm…the Twilight Jake screams hugs and protection and fluffy toys…I wouldn't buy a love between him and Bella ever…



  28. 328

    I really like taylor. . . I dont like michael! I dont think he could play what they are looking for yah ben is cute but i dont see ben as jacob either.



  29. 329

    Have they ever considered Steven Strait, he'd be perfect, thats my opinion. ..And i know no one asked for it.



  30. 330

    i love taylor lautner as jacob, and am truly sad to see him go.
    likewise, i'm a big fan of ben barnes, but aro? really?? aro is supposed to be old and fragile…definitely the opposite of barnes' smoking hotness. damn. i hope that's not true.



  31. 331

    Oh hell no. This movie is going to suck

    Summit sucks. Bring back Taylor. He was already in the first one you bitches

    BOOOOO



  32. 332

    YES!!!!!!! Michael Copon PLEASE!!! So perfect!



  33. 333

    BOOOOO!!! They need to KEEP the Jacob from the first movie!

  34. drewb says – reply to this


    334

    If Taylor isn't Jacob, I'm not watching it. New Moon is my favorite book and so far it seems like they're doing everything they can to fuck it up royally. Are they TRYING to piss of the Twilighters?



  35. 335

    i love the idea of ben barnes for Aro, but if they get rid of Taylor i will be PISSED. although Michael is veryyy hot, there is no way he has the acting skills to pull of jacob. has anyone ever seen him on one tree hill? his character of felix is the only kind of character i could see him playing, and he wasn't that good at acting in one tree hill either. Taylor is perfect for jacob, and there is NO WAY they should change him! you can't just change a character in the middle of a series!



  36. 336

    I'm okay with what they're doing.
    I don't know anything about Copon…
    but I was not a big fan of Taylor Lautner.
    His 3 lines in the movie were terrible.



  37. 337

    they cant do that ! ben barnes its ok i love him but michael sucks at big time



  38. 338

    YES BEN BARNES! I LOVE IT! THAT NATIVE GUY IS CUTE! YESSSSSSSS :D THEY HAVE TO!



  39. 339

    Either would be good as Jacob but I really think they should keep Taylor Lautner.



  40. 340

    FCUK OFF MICHEAL COPON HE'LL NEVER BE JACOB TO ME ! stop bragging on your facebook like you're the older jacob

    if summit hasnt realised on the twilight fan websites many fans have decided not to watch new moon if taylor isnt in it ! and im ONE OF THEM

    you edward fans can tell me im not a gd twilight fan for all i care, cause you guys only care about ur edward how would you feel like if rob got replaced.

    TAYLOR IS JACOB!



  41. 341

    Honestly, I like Taylor, but if they HAVE to get a new Jacob Black they should make it the Barnes dude. He's hott and he kinda looks like Taylor… (:

  42. eho11 says – reply to this


    342

    NOOOOOOO
    omg…taylor is more native american then that guy
    and that guy sucks as an actor too

    Taylor all the way!!!



  43. 343

    taylor is waaaaaaaay hotter than both



  44. 344

    umm…how about they get a new bella?



  45. 345

    Taylor should STAY! Copon as Jacob would literally suck! and barnes as aro? NO WAY!



  46. 346

    oops, i mean to say copon i thought the barnes dude was the bottom one. yeah, oh well. the bottom one would be cool. but we should stick with taylor.



  47. 347

    STEVEN STRAIT AS JACOB BLACK!!!!!!!



  48. 348

    STEVEN STRAIT = JACOB BLACK!!!



  49. 349

    omgosh michael copon would be PERFECTT for jacob and i think ben barnes would fit aro
    they're perfectt for the parts
    i love twilightt!



  50. 350

    Well, I saw the movie. Rushed out to get ALL the books. I read Twilight and New moon both in 3 days. Well, To be honest I HATE when in movies they replace the original cast. I think it messes with the whole movie. They need to leave the old characters as is. I think the boy who played Jack Black…Would be awesome. I cannot wait for this movie. The book was incredable. I hope they dont mess it up



  51. 351

    he would be fine to play Aro. but Copon cant act like shit and he doesn't have the intensity that Taylor has. i speak for about 24 people when i say that if Taylor is not cast in New Moon as well as the rest of the movies, shit will be going down and boycotting. Taylor all the way! he can buff up. the dude is awesome

  52. ninny says – reply to this


    352

    I can see Ben Barnes as Aro…His little creepy eyes would look awesome with red contacts in them…



  53. 353

    Michael Copon is one of the worst actors I have ever seen. He has been in shows like One Tree Hill, Greek and was even in one of those "Bring it On" movies. And he sucked in every role. His eyebrows do this weird thing and his and it looks like he has a stupid smirk all the time. I am surprised he has the same manager as talented actors like Ben and Cam. Copon should stick to his overacting in roles like power rangers where he began.



  54. 354

    The entire cast was casted wrong in the first place. None of them fit anyones imagination when reading the book. EVERY movie Kristen Stewart is in she has the smae personality. little. or none at all. Taylor shoulda been someone older to begin with but they just had to turn the film into a tween fest. fuck it. they need to replace all them bitches.



  55. 355

    Taylor should not be replaced.

    The director is saying they are having problems finding a cast to play the were wolves. Here are my suggestions Jason Momoa he is 6'5 and can pull off and quite frankly kinda looks like a werewolf without the makeup on.

    Mark Dacascos has played an American indian already in afrench film and it was successful. Both actor are fimilar withthe stunts and look good naked. What do you guys think ?

    Nathaniel Arcand is a Cree American Indian

    ALSO ……www.nativecelebs.com this is a directory of American Indian Actors.. They are quite a few of us more than willing and capable of handling these roles.



  56. 356

    I think the guy(taylor) who played jacob in twilight should stay for the rest of the movie sequels. i hate when they try to change the characters thats when the movies begin to suck! i think he did a good job playing jacob and i think hes way cuter than any other guy they want to play jacob. so if they change the guy it will make me mad i want him to stay and play jacob



  57. 357

    KEEP TAYLOR!!!

  58. Cissy says – reply to this


    358

    i think Ben would probably fit the character Aro, but im not sure about jacob, i mean Taylor does seem to be too young..



  59. 359

    why the hell do i come to this website? i could care less about these jackasses in this post and there's 357 responses



  60. 360

    WTF NO!!
    TAYLOR ALL THE WAY



  61. 361

    Amusing that the other night we were discussing the future of the role after a few drinks.
    One of my friends threw Michael's name out as a joke, as many of us worked with him on We Got The Beat. Kind of sucks that the joke is apparently on us.
    Nothing against Michael, because he's a really great person, but Jacob? Eh… I'd have to see some line readings before I'll buy it.



  62. 362

    EWWWWW. not copon, please! he is such a terrible actor. ahhhh, yuck. i don't care about barnes… but recasting jacob black??? come on! taylor lautner is the perfect jacob black! they can just add make-up & shit to make him look older and bulkier. isn't that what hollywood magic is all about?



  63. 363

    i dont think the people at summit have looked at Taylor's face recently,
    if they (like many others) have simply google imaged his name they need to remember his balls have dropped since The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl.

    When reading through the Twilight series i used Taylor as my version of Jacob Black. The rest of the Twilight movies will indeed suck without Taylor in it. He already has a huge fan base and all will be disappointed if he is replaced.

    Summit are making a stupid decision in recasting Jacob, they have enough technology to make him look bigger, if they can't they should recast Bella. No one liked Kristen? in the first film and no one will care if she's recasted. Those at Summit haven't thought of giving Taylor a chance to play Jacob? Jacob plays a tiny role in the first book and people shouldn't judge Taylors performance.

    I hope that enough Taylor Lautner fans and Team Jacob fans will boycott New Moon and essentially, the Twilight empire will suffer.



  64. 364

    steven strait is good looking and a better choice then michael for sure. . . but they have already put talyor's face to jacob! he is jacob to me i just finished all the books and thats who i saw a jacob as i was reading they are to late to change it! Thats why they call it movie magic they can make him look 7 feet tall and make up can make him look older!



  65. 365

    I hope they dont cast that copon guy he is too old. They should cast STEVEN STRAIT. he is way hotter and way good actor. and the wig won't look bad on STEVEN STRAIT unlike with Taylor Lautner.

    Cast STEVEN STRAIT!



  66. 366

    that copon guy is so ugly STEVEN STRAIT as Jacob Black!



  67. 367

    OMG
    BEN BEN BEN! AHHHHHHHH!
    Okay okay, WOW
    So my FAVORITE people after JB (yes I'm one of those crazy JB fans) are BEN BARNES and Robert Pattinson.
    SO OMG BEN BARNES YES YES YES!
    I am SO excited!
    He is so gorgeous and charming and such a great actor.
    He's so talented and beautiful (: AH, yes.



  68. 368

    Woah, I´m freakin out!! Too much information… Prince Caspian as Aro? Somehow I can picture this altough I always thought about Aro as an 50 year-old man. But why not!!
    I still can´t understand why Summit want to replace Taylor as Jacob!! It´s just weird to have another person in this character… But I have to admit that this new guy is kind of hot ;) But still team Taylor!



  69. 369

    I'M SORRY BUT CELEB JUICE IS BORING RIGHT NOW. IT'S NOT PEREZ' FAULT. IT'S JUST THAT BRITNEY HAS IT TOGETHER AND IS LOOKING AS HOT AS EVER…AND ON ONE'S ACTING OUTRAGEOUS OUT THERE. WE NEED A CELEB TO AT LEAST DROP AN "F BOMB" ON TV…..OR MAKE A RACIAL SLUR…OR IF WE'RE LUCKY DRIVE DRUNK AND SMASH UP SOME SHIT. OR MAYBE A CAT FIGHT WHERE AN ACRESS GETS BITCH SLAPPED IN PUBLIC…..NOW WE'RE COOKING!!!
    .
    .
    IS IT THE ECONOMY? HAVING EVERYONE TOO GLOOMY TO MISBEHAVE? WE EVEN HAS A POLISHED INCOMING PRESIDENT COMING IN WHOSE FAMILY LOOKS LIKE THE COVER OF AN EXPENSIVE GLOSSY MAGAZINE. THERE'S NOTHING TO POKE FUN AT WITH THE OBAMAS. WHAT'S FUN ABOUT THAT?
    .
    .
    THE LATE NIGHT COMICS ARE GONNA BE UNDER A DRY SPELL…..UNLESS WE CAN GET MORE POLS TO TRY TO SELL SENATE SEATS OR CRUISE COPS IN PUBLIC TOILETS!!…………..OH THOSE WERE THE DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!
    .
    .
    SOME BIG NAMES BETTER GET OUT THERE AND START THEIR SHIT AGAIN…CAUSE US BLOGGERS HAVE MORE TIME ON OUR HANDS DURING THE WINTER MONTHS!!! AS WANDA SYKES WOULD SAY, "GET IT TOGETHER BABY!"



  70. 370

    Eugh, I dont even like Taylor Lautner really, but if THAT is his replacement, keep him in!

    Ben is a babe, but I imagine Aro as kinda old and scungey. Not Ben Barnesey!

    Get it together Chris Weitz!!



  71. 371

    KEEP TAYLOR!! I think hes just perfect. Just buff him up a bit.



  72. 372

    Re: Perezloverr89 – I AGREE!



  73. 373

    I cannot believe they're replacing Taylor. I just can't! They should replace their asses, those mothafuckers! Please, keep Taylor!



  74. 374

    I think Barnes makes a good Aro, he's got the look already. And, the more pretty people in the film, the better. But I hate it when they start replacing actors when you've already identified them with the character. It just doesn't fit! Make your choice the right way in the beginning and then work with it!



  75. 375

    Re: topper – A definite improvement on the purple monster - but I'm with Mamajud - there was just something about that last backstack avie that just made the Mistress smile every morning. Although this one isn't too shabby. I'll be having honey on my crumpets in the morning . . . mmmm



  76. 376

    uh…about Aro's role…for some reason I imagined him as an old wiz too…Don't know why…because all the description in the book doesn't put him in that category…and vampires don't really age…but it must be the "chalky" skin Bella describes…or the fact that they've been around for thousands of years…anyways I wouldn't like to see cute Ben in a bad char role…tho Aro is not bad bad…



  77. 377

    They're so stupid. Can't they see that we actually LIKE Taylor as Jacob? That is the dumbest decision so far. I'll have no interest in the movie, I swear. I'm so upset. They should do what we want them to do, we're the ones who'll get 'em rich by watching the crappy movie, so, KEEP TAYLOR!



  78. 378

    My new avie is a temp for Christmas. Happy holidays.



  79. 379

    This is a madness.
    The set was satisfied with Catherine. Catherine did a very good work and the actors are the best for his respective roles. I don't like Chris W and I don't believe that he does a good work with 'New Moon'. He will destroy the saga, the movie and the future career of the actors.

    And, I don't like Copon. I hate him from One Tree Hill and Bring it On IV.

    About Ben, I don't have nothing for saying.



  80. 380

    ok
    ben barnes = good… i tihnk he would be a good aro…
    BUT
    michael copon = BAD BAD BAD!!!
    BRING BACK TAYLORR!!!
    i swear, he was so good!!!
    taylor is the best jacob… hands down no matter what…he was established as jacob in the twilight movie, and you cant just change it! its not subtle… theyre completely different!,.. seriously, that guy is like part asian or something… not native american!



  81. 381

    I think Ben Barnes is too white to be playing native american. but Micheal Copon is too fugly to be Jacob. I miss Taylor Lautner.. T__T but i think its really impossible to have him back because he is the young Jacob. It inevitable i think. I'll be better if they hire Steven Strait, he's so hot in the covenant. I hope its either Steven or Ben. I nevertheless I HOPE for the best for new moon. Team JACOB!



  82. 382

    ben barnes is more of an edward than a jocob..



  83. 383

    Steven Strait is the perfect Jacob. They are thinking of casting Michael Copon for the part, but hes not Jacob material. He has the hot appearance and everything, but he's not as great an actor as Steven. Summit Entertainment HAS to cast STEVEN STRAIT as JACOB BLACK!!!!!



  84. 384

    TAYLOR!!!!!!!!!!!



  85. 385

    Re: MR PAPI – oops wrong read it wrong. I though Ben is to be playing JACOB. IOf aros is his goal YES please! I think hell be great!! BUT hmmm.. Micheal Copon i dunno he looks really fugly. TEAM TAYLOR!!! tEAM jACOB!~!!



  86. 386

    They're cute, but let's fukin face it. They are not my Jason Stackhouse/aka/ Ryan Kwanten. I get excited when I look at Ryan and thinking about all that fukin he does. I'm sure this movie will be boring after watching the first season of TrueBlood. I'm mean, common….Ghout of the dick…you can't bet that!! Fuck, shit, fuck, I want that second season now…eff this movie.



  87. 387

    OMG OMG OMG!!!! BARNEEEEES! YES! He should defs be in! ahhhhhh he's gorgeouseeee! and he was AWWWWSOME as Prince Caspian in Narnia! Ah! love him!
    and I deffs like Taylor!! I thought he was a reallllllly good actor to pick to portray jocab! He had a perfect Jacob smile! I'd be sad if he left! : (



  88. 388

    Not sure about Ben Barnes as Aro. I think he is hot and all, but c'mon, Aro is supposed to be super old and freaky looking…whats the point of getting a hot actor and fucking with his face to make it look that way? They can't cast him as Aro and make him look hot. Might as well get some older more experienced actor to be all menacing and shit and keep Barnes' hotness to the likes of Felix.



  89. 389

    Send the kid to the Gym and Beef him up a little , Ben Barnes is a good actor, but every sequel ever made where the change the actors, ends up sucking dick.



  90. 390

    Re: crimson.shamrock – wrong! vampires don't get old right? its just their skin becomes really like papery white. freaky.



  91. 391

    Oh! Fuck it! if WB let Daniel radcliffe be Harry potter why not Taylor too as Jacob black?
    Team Jacob
    Team Jacob!
    Team Jacob
    Team Jacob!
    Team Jacob
    Team Jacob!
    Team Jacob
    Team Jacob!
    Taylor Lautner is Jacob Black!
    .
    .
    Summit think about this. you will lose alot f money if you change Taylor Lautner. Think about it.



  92. 392

    Re: MR PAPI – Yah but they stay the way they were when they became vampires, no? It seemed to me he was described old looking, in any case.



  93. 393

    Ok, if they do get rid of Taylor Lautner, they should at least replace him with Steven Strait and not Michael Copon (ew). But on a lighter note, I think Ben Barnes would make a good Aro.



  94. 394

    Re: jessejames82 – Exactly. Steven Strait is 6'2 and now only 22, and would be perfect for Jacob plus he is a much better actor than Taylor. Ben Barnes should have played Dr Cullins but it would be great to have him as an addition in anyway.



  95. 395

    Apparently on Stephanies website from People.com:

    "Weitz himself says in a letter posted on the Web site that he plans to live up to the expectations devoted fans have for the next movie, which will star all the same actors in the primary roles, including Robert Pattinson as Edward, Kristen Stewart as Bella and Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black."



  96. 396

    OMG!

    TEAM TAYLOR!!!

    Taylor is the perfect Jacob *¬*



  97. 397

    oh dear,
    they cant just change the actor.
    all those hardcore fans will go completely nuts.
    if they were to change anyone it should be her that plays bella.
    her acting sucks big time.



  98. 398

    it would be amazing for ben barnes to act as aro in new moon but the thing is if im not mistaken his schedule is full because they start shooting the third installation of narnia this month or the next i really dnt think he has the time .. hmm well u never knw



  99. 399

    Alright assmunch. Change the post already. This has been on since yesterday.



  100. 400

    TAYLOR TAYLOR TAYLOR TAYLOR

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