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Stephenie Meyer confirms Taylor Lautner will be in 'Twilight' sequel

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In a post on her website, Twilight author Stephenie Meyer confirms that Taylor Lautner will reprise his role as Jacob in the hit vampire romance’s sequel, New Moon. As EW first reported last night, this news

ends months of curiosity about whether Lautner would return. The full text of the announcement, which includes a statement from New Moon director Chris Weitz, is after the jump and at StephenieMeyer.com.

January 7, 2009

Good news about New Moon from 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

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

January 7, 2009

Good news about New Moon from director Chris Weitz:

I’m very happy to announce that Taylor Lautner will beplaying Jacob Black in New Moon and that he’s doing so with theenthusiastic support of Summit Entertainment, the producers, andStephenie Meyer.

The characters in Stephenie’s books go through extraordinary changesof circumstance and also appearance; so it is not surprising that therehas been speculation about whether the same actor would portray acharacter 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 emotionallyright for the part. I think that fans of Twilight the book and themovie will be surprised by the Jacob Black that Taylor will bring tothe screen in New Moon; and I’m looking forward to working with him andthe rest of the cast in realizing the film.

very best

Chris Weitz

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 goingto give us the best possible movie. I’m truly thrilled that Taylor wasthe one who proved to the director, to Summit, and to me that he is thebest possible Jacob we could have. And I’m very much looking forward toseeing what he’s going to bring to Jacob’s character this year.

– Steph

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