Twilight's Taylor Lautner Will Return in New Moon
by Kevin Powers
January 8, 2009
Even though Twilight released to a tidal wave of fans and box office bliss, all was not right in the burgeoning franchise. Summit Entertainment didn't like director Catherine Hardwicke and claimed she was a pain to work with on set, so she was quickly replaced by Chris Weitz (of The Golden Compass). On the chopping block next was Taylor Lautner who starred as the Native American Jacob Black, and whom the studio felt was too weak to carry the rather important character into the sequels. Maybe they should have thought of that in the beginning? Unlike Hardwicke's departure, fans really didn't want Lautner to go, and it looks like Summit has caved to their whims. As of today, Lautner will officially return as Jacob in New Moon.
New director Weitz says that Lautner is "emotionally right" for the role, but the 16-year-old's physicality is the larger question. Larger being the operative word, since Lautner needs muscle up in order to support the role of Jacob in the sequel. Imagined as taller, bulkier and older, Jacob moves into a central role in New Moon as Bella discovers more about the werewolves that have long been the enemy of the vampires. If you've seen the first film, read any of the books, or took a wild guess, you'd know that Jacob is one such lycan, and therefore certainly needs to work on his presence. I didn't really care much for the original, but I thought Lautner delivered a level performance. However, I'm sure the fans are quite happy.
Summit Entertainment has already set a November 20th release date this year for New Moon, which means they've got to get the whole production moving at a break-neck pace to actually make that date.