Twilight's Taylor Lautner Bulks Up to Save Role




The rumor mill has been swirling that actor Taylor Lautner might be replaced in the next Twilight film, New Moon, because he doesn't look mature enough to pull off the role of Jacob Black.


Some names floating around have been actor Michael Copon (middle) as well as Ben Barnes (right) from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.


However, it appears as though Lautner is the undeniable fan favorite, and to help along his case, the actor has been attempting to gain some muscle mass. Lautner tells MTV that he has already gained 19 pounds and plans to put on 10 more if given the role.


So...who would you like to see fill the role in the new film? A bigger Lautner? Someone else?


The yet-to-be-filmed New Moon will be released on November 20, 2009.


Source: People

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Dec 18, 2008 5:03PM EST

I think that Ben Barnes would make a good Aro.

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Dec 18, 2008 5:03PM EST

Lautner all the way, It messes movies up when they keep switching acotrs.

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Dec 18, 2008 6:58PM EST

I think the second one michael copon (doesn't sound right) looks perfect, i would just have to see him being mean like jacob is in new moon.... they SHOULD absolutly switch actors because even if taylor gain muscles he won't grow to 6" and he must go from looking 15 to 25 so NO WAY he's staying!!!

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Dec 18, 2008 8:58PM EST

NO! Don't screw with the actors! It always sucks when they switch actors between movies.

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Dec 18, 2008 11:08PM EST

They cant take Taylor away he is soo hot and he looks better then any other actor and it will so screw with movie if they switch actors. THEY JUST CANT DO IT!

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Dec 19, 2008 3:11AM EST

there is no way they are switching. i absolutely hate it when movies switch the actors. especially when the previous actor wants to be a part of the next film! Ben Barnes was cute in narnia but he can't pull off Jacob. and lets face it... Michael Copon has a pretty face but he's a crappy actor

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Dec 19, 2008 11:25AM EST

if he can pull it off, Taylor for sure, but Ben Barnes in no way looks Indian, Michael Copon would be ok but if Taylor can make it happen that would be best

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Dec 21, 2008 6:21AM EST

if they bring in that prince of caspian guy u can be rest assured i am NOT watching it.

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Dec 24, 2008 2:16AM EST

yeah i love ben barnes in prince caspian.... but lets face it he could not pull off jacob, that would totally ruin the movie and taylor fits jacob the best out of these three. And he's actually native so it works. Even if he doesn't look 25 its still better than a brit...

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Dec 28, 2008 11:36AM EST

They should definatly keep taylor. HE IS GREAT! if they changed him it would be wierd watching the movie and i LOVE twilight it would just totally ruin it.

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Dec 28, 2008 11:39AM EST

LAUTNER should stay. Just like everyone else they can't just switch actors like that. People who watched Twilight would like that Lautner to stay.....

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Dec 28, 2008 4:49PM EST

Jacob's not supposed to look 25 btw...the whole point is that werewolves stop aging while they're active werewolves. He's just supposed to be 6'6".....
Still think they should keep Taylor Lautner--I agree, I HATE when they switch out actors. Like Dumbledore. >=(

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Dec 29, 2008 12:53AM EST

they had to switch dumbledore, the actor died. they don't need to switch taylor.

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Dec 29, 2008 9:02AM EST

I dont exactly like Taylor and I dont really want him in the movie but since he acted in Twilight, he should continue doing the rest of the movies.Movies always lose fans when they switch actors and having a new Jacob just means having an unfamiliar face that wont give off the Jacob vibe.If they think that Taylor cant make the cut, then why even pick him in the first place and suddenly realise that now?If they really didnt like him, they shouldnt have casted him and instead pick out someone more mature but since they casted him, they should let him continue.I heard he has some killer moves.It's just plain cruel to replace him after they've already made the first movie and let him get emotionally attached to the movie and the other cast.Besides, Ben is so disneyish.And Michael is just... not fit for the role.So Taylor should stay.

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Dec 30, 2008 1:07AM EST

I read the book after the movie, as have many people i know, so I cant really imagine anyone else playing Jacob Black. Plus Taylor did an incredible job bringing the "funny", "outgoing" Jacob Black from the book to life(referring mostly to the scene from the beach), he is definitely the most suitable for the role. Its not necessarily all about appearance, but I'm sure that they can find a way around that anyways.

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Jan 25, 2009 10:12PM EST

I think the kid in the middle picture (from One Tree Hill, no? I liked him, except when his character was a jerk) would look the part, or the original kid. I have to say ew on the Prince Caspian. That would be too weird. At least from the photo's I've seen of the original Jacob actor, he looks a lot more mature than he did in Twilight, which is progress!

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