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It's Official! Taylor Lautner To Return as Jacob in New Moon

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The search for the new Jacob is over.

They're sticking with the old dude!

Twilight author Stephanie Meyer just confirmed the casting news on her official website.

Stephanie posted the following 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.

very best

Chris Weitz"

Meyer herself had the following to say:

"I'd just like to add that I was very much a part of this decision. My first priority was always what was best for New Moon—what was going to give us the best possible movie. 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.

- Steph"

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507 comments to “It's Official! Taylor Lautner To Return as Jacob in New Moon

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    I'm really happy for Taylor. I can only imagine how awful he'd feel if he didn't get the part. He was so excited about New Moon. Yeah Taylor!

  3. 303

    NOOOOOOOOOO! ugh, lame..well i guess i can look forward to being underwhelmed by his performance and his face yet again

  4. 304

    haaaaalleeeeluuuujah, hallelujah, hallelujah,,, ha - lle - lu - jah!!!!!!

  5. 305

    YAYYY. im so happppy! i love taylor.

  6. 306

    Yay! I am glad he gets to keep his role.

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    Thats great, i hate when a movie or even tv shows change people after its already started. Plus even if he is not big enough, thats what effects are for, they could easily make him look taller and bigger.

  9. 309

    Re: brighteyes87 – I agree - the screenwriter (and possibly the director) messed up the first one… I'm overjoyed that they're keeping Taylor - he played a great Jacob and I thought he was just perfect for the role :D

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    yay! I am deff. a Team Edward, and I did my best to hate the living soul out of Jacob in New Moon trying hard to focus and praying praying praying that Edward would return before it would be too late…but at the same time…Jacob has something about him…and Taylor has it nailed good…you could never be mad for long at someone that gave this "puppy face" :D
    can't wait to see what they do to him though to look bigger and well older…Jacob in the book is said to be like 2 years younger than Bella but he gets to "look 25" :)
    can't wait for pics and trailers yaaaaay!

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    In the words of my favorite Diva Kristin Chenoweth: I couldn't be happier!!!

  14. n7of9 says – reply to this


    teehhee…her name is StephEnie…with an eeeeeeeeeee

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    I'm ecstatic that Taylor's coming back for New Moon. He deserves that role! Michael Copon is a jerk AND an idiot…deadly combination I might say! I'm so glad Summit saw through his bullcrap.

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    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS this just made my week!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. 319

    I am SOOOO happy! GO TAYLOR!

  20. 320

    That's great! I'm happy for him, and can't wait to see how he will portrait the changes as Jacob evolves. :)

  21. 321

    YAAYYYYY! I'm extremely pleased that they kept Taylor. You couldn't find a better guy than him for the role. I'm so proud of him :)

  22. 322

    i dont like him tbh :/

  23. 323

    YES!!! I´m totally thrilled! They made the right choice! Taylor will be awesome. Uh, I´m so HAPPY :)

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    Yay, common sense has prevailed. Good on you Taylor!! I will go and see New Moon now.

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    I'm soooo happy he's still in! I hate when companies change people out of a character for someone else….he's working out and putting on the pounds! He is the only Jacob Black in my book…..just hope the graphics in this movie are a bit better then the last but Chris weitz has done some good movies with good CGI or whatever in the Golden Compass…..so I Have faith….now lets hope they don't screw up the story too much LOL

  28. 328

    I hate Meyer! She's a doyyle!!! But YAY Taylor!

  29. 329

    I don't think he is right for that role. He is supposed to be like 6 foot 8 and huge. I hope he does not disappoint.

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    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! He looks kind of wolfy. Have you seen his perfect teeth? Beautiful.

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    I'm sooooo EXCITED he's keeping his role as Jacob Black! I'm a huge fan of his.

  34. 334

    Personally you DONT change a character in the freakin' middle of a movie SERIES…No matter how much the character changes, that's why you guys are in the movies bizz to make those changes happen on screen HELLO make up, effects hell i'm not in the "biz" and I knwo what you SHOULD do. U wanna keep makin' your cash you KEEP the same ppl playing all the characters!

  35. 335

    totally happy.

  36. 336

    Huge mistake. Should have gone with Steven Strait. The first movie brought everyone in on the boodk reputaion however, the second better be good enough to stand on it's own. The casting choice in the first movie were pretty poor all the way around.

  37. 337

    I'm very pleased by this news! I just started reading the book and Jacob is SUPPOSED to be younger - not to mention - this guy is perfect - and will buck up as time goes on - congratulations!

  38. 338

    URGH! I mean nothing against him but I mean Seriously! Does he look like he could play a 6'7" 25 year old??? NO!!! He looks 15!!!!! But regardless the movie is going to SUCK cause of 2 reasons. They got the same screenwriter who made me Crack Up with her idiotic writing of Twilight. and Most Importantly! They have Kristen playing Bella. That girl has about as much emotional acting range as a toothpick. KRISTEN STEWART SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Well, this made my morning :)

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    Hellz yes!! Taylor baby!!!!

  44. 344

    Taylor looks so hot in this picture, i am so glad that he is in new moon and i'm sure that he will look like older jacob in it.. anything can be done in movies now…

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    I'm thrilled! I loved him for the part.

  47. 347

    UGH! I like the other guy better to be honest, but whatever….I agree with getting a new Bella though, Kristen kills me!

  48. erinl says – reply to this


    Yay! He will be great…especially with the added lbs.!

  49. 349

    SUCKS SUCKS SUCKS SUCKS!!!!! He's too SHORT!!!! He's darling as a 15 year old, but there is no way he can play someone who's supposed to be 6'7" and looks 27 years old!
    They let the tweens make this call and not the creatives. I'm so depressed.
    New Moon was my least fave anyway.
    Hope they can find some realistic looking stilts.

  50. 350

    OMJ :D THANK YOU GOD. lol It would be stupid to change an actor who plays a huge role in the next installment o.0. I mean Taylor WAS and IS Jacob

  51. 351

    OH HELLS YEAH!!! Thank you Chris & Stephenie, for keeping it the way it should be!!!

  52. 352

    awww yee :)

  53. 353

    omg so happy. he needs to be in that movie.

  54. 354

    Wonderful News!!! Congrats, Taylor!!

  55. 355

    still not convinced he can pull it off. he was in the first movie so you can't change him now.

    blatant suck-up to the fangirls by summit.

  56. 356

    SUPER excited about this! I think Taylor is such a cutie. I just hope he brings his 'A' game to the set. His acting in the last one was pretty shitty. FOCUS TAYLOR! We're routing for you.

  57. 357

    oh, forgot to mention….i heard that robert pattinson backed out of "parts per billion" (the movie he cut his hair for), because of new moon.

    i bet he regrets ever doing twilight. he is far too talented to be typecast as a teen idol. nobody in hollywood takes that shit seriously. hope he challenges himself more.

  58. 358

    Makes me very happy! Hate it when they change actors on a sequel!!!

  59. 359

    YAY!!! I'M SO RELIEVED! He is perfect for the role.

  60. 360

    I think it is awesome that taylor is back! He will fit the part so much btter than the other guy. And to all the haters out there hating on Kristen Stewart needs to move on and get a life. She is a good person and she makes a great Bella! you all are just jealous!

  61. Eleni says – reply to this



    I mean, come on! Give the guy a chance to prove himself before writting him off by ASSUMING he can't be diverse.

  62. 362

    The other guy is way hotter but i don't care too much…I do think that the people in charge of the final decision probably came to your site and saw all the pissed off comments people wrote in regard to the post you did about Taylor not resuming the role, and that probably played a role in him keeping the part.

    Sooooo…you should write a post about the rumors that Vanessa Hudgens might get a role in the next Twilight movie, so that I (and hopefully hundreds and hundreds of others) can write pissed off comments begging casting directors not to make this MONUMENTAL mistake.

  63. 363

    I'm happy they kept him! I thought he was a total cutie in Twilight, and was really looking forward to more of him in New Moon.

  64. 364

    finally, a smart decision by Summit

  65. 365

    I could care less either way. Twilight sucked and New Moon will suck even more ass. Hollywood sure knows how to market movies to the tweeny boppers so they'll spend their hard earned cash on rubbish like this.

    Isn't this kid like 12 anyway? That Kristen Stewart chick has the personality of a fruit fly anyway. She's the same in every god damn movie. I wish someone would pay be big bucks to exhibit my inability to act onscreen. Where is the justice in America?

  66. 366

    Yay for Taylor… Michael Copon seemed really cocky about the whole thing. I'm glad he didn't end up with it.

    More Robert Pattinson updates please! :)

  67. 367

    YES YES YES YES I was doing the happy dance when I got the email this morning! NOW they need to make sure they don't EFF up the rest of the movie!!! Twilight deserved to be SO MUCH better than it was, so they better make up for it in New Moon!!!

  68. 368

    Yay for Taylor. Michael Copon seemed really cocky about the whole thing. I'm glad he didn't end up with it.

    More Robert Pattinson updates please! :)

  69. 369

    Thank god. :')

    I haven't even seen Twilight but .. he totally deserves this, I love him!

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    omg yayyyy!!!!

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    So HAPPY! and yes i agree…replace kristen. I want happy w/ rosalie at first but she proved herself, kristen…NOT SO MUCH

  72. 372

    OMG! Perez I Love You So Much For Putting This Up.
    I Totally Was Wanting Taylor To Stay As Jacob & YEAH! :D
    thanks thanks thanks!

  73. 373

    I didn't understand why they wanted to change him in the first placee!! They need to sort out some of the height problems though .. CANT WAIT for the part when he cuts his hair short, he it soo hot with short hairr!! way better than with long :P

  74. 374

    So so happy. I love Taylor as Jacob. (:

  75. 375

    im not bothered he was ok

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    happy :D

  77. 377

    hes the perfect jacob!!

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    That pic of him is so sexy haha
    He suits the role of jacob more coz hes jacob's age : 16 - and the other guy is like 26! - im so happy for taylor

  79. 379

    Noooooooo! He's not going to be tall enough or built enough for this movie! Granted, I didn't like the guy from One Tree Hill, but at least he had the body. Oh noo!!

  80. harle says – reply to this


    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Well it's not like it was going to be any better the second time around!

  81. 381

    Thank god! The other guys didn't look native american enough for he part so they wouldnt have sat well for the part

  82. 382

    Thank god! The other guys didn't look native american enough for the part so they wouldnt have looked right

  83. 383

    YESSSSS!!! go taylor– i'm very relieved his staying– he is jacob!

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    but i like taylor.

  85. 385

    Yay! It wouldn't be New Moon without him… Now I just hope that Sam is played by someone worthwhile. I have this image of a tall, dark, sexy indian with chissled features, and if that doesn't pan out, I'm going to be one disappointed bitch!

    Still, I remain on Edward's team….:)

  86. 386

    :) I was pleasantly surprised with how awesome he was in Twilight even though he was in it a total of 5 minutes. I'm glad that he will stay Jacob in the following movies.

  87. 387

    yay love taylor he deserved it xx

  88. 388

    Just the fact that THIS is the most commented article says a lot about how dumb people are. In my wildest dreams I can't imagine ever giving a shit about this.

  89. 389

    u dnt kno wat i would do 2 suk his cok
    i bet its a nice 12' omg i hope e cums in my mouth so much

  90. 390

    The way it should be :) .
    Love for Taylor Lautner.

  91. 391

    The books are amazing and he's the perfect Jacob-but the film is a dissapointment. :)

  92. 392

    first of all, i am super excited that Taylor Lautner is going to continue being Jacob. He totally captures the essence of Jacob in the book. Eben though Jacob grows physically, he is still a little boy at heart. I think many Twilight Series fans will they delighted with this news, as i am.

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    im so happy that he is returning. He is the perfect Jacob (although we did not see any others attempt at the role). I just hope that New Moon will be just as good, if not better, then the Twilight movie. Too bad Robert Pattinson will not be in it as much =(. Taylor is really going to have to carry the movie with KStew.

  95. 395

    YAYYYYYYYY! new moon is such a fantastic book. and i love taylor playing the role as jacob.. i cant wait to see him in new moon :) ))

  96. 396

    brilliant, he's perfect for the role!
    cant wait to see it!

  97. 397

    i'm so excited. i was going to be pissed if he didn't get the part. i thought he did really well as Jacob.
    but i agree with a lot of people that they should have worried about recasting the part of Bella because Kristen Stewart really sucked as her. She's nothing like the character of Bella and i think 97% of twilight fans agree.

  98. 398

    awwwes good for taylor! haha i felt so bad for him when i read about how hard he'd been working out to fit the larger, leaner jacob role. props! ha, now they js need to make sure kristen stewart doesn't completely fail at life and actually brings some life to bella's character -__-.

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    very happy!!!

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    someone should make a petition for a new bella :)

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