Werewolves don't need to be THAT big. Right?
Director of New Moon Chris Weitz and Summit Entertainment announced yesterday that Taylor Lautner will be returning as Jacob Black in the sequel to Twilight. He had a minor role in the first film but studio executives got nervous about his ability to pull off the extended and much "larger" role in New Moon. The character Jacob Black goes through an unusual growth spurt in the book unlike any other teenage boy when he realizes he's part of a line of werewolves. This naturally let to many discussions on how this would be applied in the film. There were reports Lautner was doing his best to bulk up to keep the role.
Even though the deal is sealed we may not see as much of Jacob as we think. The Hollywood Reporter writes, "Still, it's unclear how big Lautner's role will be in the new movie, which is being fast-tracked to come out in November. While the role of Edward is considerably smaller in the 'New Moon' novel, the script is expected to boost his role to allow for more screentime for Pattinson, who is seen as key to the success of 'Twilight.'"
Good news is, at least Chris Weitz is completely behind the choice. "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," he said in a message to StephenieMeyer.com. It always seemed silly to be that they would change the actor. His physical size is not exactly pertinent to the plot. As long as the actual wolves are larger than life I'll be perfectly happy.