Taylor Lautner Could Be Keeping His Jacob Black Role in 'New Moon'

Insiders suggest that Taylor Lautner may get to keep his Jacob Black role in 'New Moon', the sequel of vampire drama 'Twilight'.

AceShowbiz - An interesting tidbit related to %cTaylor Lautner% and his role as Jacob Black in "New Moon" has been brought to the surface by Entertainment Weekly (EW). In its recent article, the publication noted that there is a chance the 16-year-old may get to keep his Native American character in the sequel of vampire drama "Twilight".

According to EW, sources close to the production have suggested that "the simplest route would be to go with Lautner". In addition, one of the insiders was quoted saying, "I'm very hopeful. We're not looking at anybody else." Furthermore, EW reported that Lautner has met with director Chris Weitz and undergone screen-test for chemistry with %cKristen Stewart%.

In early December, reports about the potential replacement of Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black broke out. The "Cheaper by the Dozen 2" actor is considered to be too "young-looking and slight of frame to play the maturing werewolf", while the "New Moon" Jacob is described by screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg to be "a foot taller and huge" and is "supposed to look 25".

After his name was excluded from the official synopsis, rumors were building up, hinting that "The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior" actor %cMichael Copon% was on the run to take over. But, representative for the actor was quick to turn down the speculations. Meanwhile, Lautner himself revealed that he is fighting to keep the role by gaining 19 pounds and promising to pack on 10 more before shooting starts.

"New Moon", an adaptation to Stephenie Meyer's second novel of her "Twilight" series, is penned by "Twilight" screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and will be directed by "The Golden Compass" director Chris Weitz. It still follows the romantic story between Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (%cRobert Pattinson%).

Centering on the personal conflict Bella experiences, the follow-up movie will chronicle the time Bella Swan is left devastated by the abrupt departure of Edward Cullen. Finding solace in her friendship with Jacob Black, she soon finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves and her loyalty to the vampires is tested. The production of "New Moon" is scheduled to begin in the coming months for November 20, 2009 release.

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