Team Jacob must be happy: Taylor Lautner has been confirmed in his role as Jacob Black in the movie New Moon.
The news of Taylor being replaced by Michael Copon caused such an uproar that Summit Entertainment prefers to play it safe and switch back to Taylor who originally played the role of Jacob, Bella’s friend in the movie Twilight.
But Taylor will have to work out his body for New Moon: in New Moon Jacob is supposed to be much taller and stronger, he is becoming a werewolf after all. So Taylor Lautner will not have a rest for a while!
Below Director Chris Weitz confirming Taylor as Jacob:
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.[…]”
And also Stephenie Meyer showing her support to the decision:
So Taylor Lautner will keep his role as Jacob Black in the upcoming movie New Moon. Are you thrilled by this confirmation? Why is it so important for you that Taylor keeps his role as Jacob?