Category: Taylor Lautner
Good news about New Moon from director Chris Weitz [Via StephanieMeyer.com]:
'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.
From Steph: '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.'
According to EW, Taylor Lautner may get to keep his Jacob Black role in New Moon. This week, Summit Entertainment is expected to announce its decision. Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg explained the casting drama:
'Jacob is a totally different character in New Moon. He's a foot taller and huge, and he's supposed to look 25. It's really a question of whether or not the same actor can play the role. However, everyone would love to keep him. We all think he's the loveliest person ever. Taylor has to play a romantic lead against Rob, who's a 22-year-old man. That's a tall order.'
Michael Copon: 'I'm Close To 200 Pounds Of Muscle. Taylor Lautner Probably Is 140 If He's Lucky.'
J-14 interviewed Michael Copon who trying to take Taylor Lautner's role of Jacob Black in New Moon. On physically being more like Jacob: 'I feel like I need to bulk down. Right now I'm close to 200 pounds of muscle.
Taylor's probably what, 140, if he's lucky? I'm already 200 pounds, so there's no need for me to get any bigger. Plus he's 5'6" and I'm 6'2". In the book, he grows eight inches and I'm exactly eight inches taller than Taylor. Huge difference.
I see so much in Jacob Black that I feel like wasn't brought to the first film that if I had the opportunity, I would totally create an amazing character. He's more than just a guy who walks around and smiles and likes Bella. It's just too one-sided.'
On not auditioning for the role: 'There's no auditioning going on, it's a lot of talking. My representation has been talking to Summit and they're hearing
that I'm one of the first picks.'
On run-ins with Robert Pattinson: 'I've seen Rob out here and there and we've hung out and had great conversations. Funny enough, before I knew who he was, I said, 'I'd be excited to play a part in Twilight 2' and he said, 'Oh yeah,
I'm in the first one.' I was like, 'Who do you play?' He's like, 'Edward.'
Taylor Lautner is desperately trying to gain weight to convince Twilight producers he should return in the sequel, New Moon, as Jacob Black. He revealed to MTV, 'I have been working out. I've been working out since the day we finished filming Twilight. I just weighed myself today; I've put on 19 lbs.'
Taylor revealed that he's meeting this week with director Chris Weitz to make his case. 'I'm guaranteeing Weitz 10 more [pounds] by filming.' Costar Ashley Green added:
'We all love Taylor. He's such a sweet guy, so sweet and I think that he gets the part. And the thing is that the girls just love him. He is the teen heartthrob. I'm hoping that they don't replace him because we love him.' Photo: Fame.
Since Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke was replaced Chris Weitz, suspicion that Taylor Lautner will be replaced for his role of Jacob Black has grown.
MTV News confirmed that Michael Copon is one of several actors Weitz is considering to play the new, larger Jacob.
A representative for Copon revealed that they're making a full effort to land the role. Michael recently updated his Facebook status with: 'Michael Copon in a Twilight Zone!' and 'Michael Copon is the older Jacob Black!'
A rep told MTV, 'The casting decision in regards to the character Jacob Black has yet to be made.' Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian actor Ben Barnes is also believed to be campaigning for the role of Aro, a mind-reading vampire whose encounter with Edward and Bella helps shape their destiny. Fame.
Entertainment Weekly has Twilight news about Taylor Lautner future in the series: Another of Hardwicke's primary concerns was that Edward remains MIA throughout New Moon's middle portion. In her own opening-weekend interview, she told EW: You have to get the chemistry as strong between Jacob and Bella as it was between Bella and Edward.
You also have to do, something with that arc: She's in love with somebody, he disappears, she falls in love with someone else, and the first guy comes back. Movies like Pearl Harbor have tried it. It absolutely didn't work.' With or without Hardwicke, Summit faces other snags. Two sources tell EW the studio doesn't want to rehire baby-faced Taylor Lautner as Jacob..
..though Lautner's agent has apparently reached out to the imaging company behind The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in an attempt to demonstrate to Summit how a digitally bulked-up Lautner could work. Summit says it won't make a decision until a new filmmaker is on board.
There's also the matter of finding a cast of Native American actors to play Jacob's werewolf clan, a difficult challenge Hardwicke was also faced with before settling on Lautner, who isn't completely Native American. And with a slightly increased budget of $50 million, much of which is assumed will go to leads asking for heftier paydays, location shoots in Italy, and ramped-up F/X, Summit will have to cut costs somewhere. Photo: Fame.