“Twilight” Sequel News: Save Taylor Lautner!

Now that Catherine has jumped off the “Twilight” bandwagon and dragged Emily down with her, Annika and I are holding down the fort for “Twilight” fans on The Frisky. I finished the fourth book, “Breaking Dawn,” this weekend and am super sad about it. To get over my melancholy, I’m catching up on my “Twilight” movie news! First, Catherine Hardwicke, the “Twilight” director, is out for the filming of the second film in the series, “New Moon.” I’m actually pretty relieved about this, because as much as I enjoyed watching the movie, including all the campiness, I do think there were lots of rushed moments and poorly shot scenes. I hope they replace the screenwriter as well — I know they had to condense the storyline so that it wouldn’t be an absurd four hours in length, but I felt like grazed over important bits that made the love story “believable.” No word yet on who is going to direct “New Moon,” but the guy who directed “About A Boy” and “The Golden Compass,” Chris Weitz, is supposedly among the contenders.One person who I hope is NOT going to be replaced? Taylor Lautner, that hot little piece of 16-year-old ass who plays Jacob Black. Because Jacob plays such a massive role in “New Moon” (not to mention “Eclipse” and “Breaking Down”), producers are concerned Lautner is too small and young to play the character, who discovers he’s a werewolf in “New Moon” and grows in size, uh, a lot. According to Entertainment Weekly, “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.” I thought Lautner was perfect casting for Jacob — while reading the book, I totally pictured a boyishly good-looking guy, whose body grows up faster than the rest of him. Because Jacob gets soooo huge, hairy, and, duh, dog-like, CGI effects are going to have to be used anyway, so why recast him with a beefier actor? Just make the kid work out.

As EW also points out, the first film had a hard enough time finding Native American actors to play Jacob’s two friends in the movie. In “New Moon,” there are many, many more faces in Jacob’s pack — why add another to the pile of names to cast? Lautner and Kristen Stewart, who plays Bella, have already established that they have good chemistry — don’t fix something that ain’t broke, just because Lautner isn’t a beefcake. Yet. [EW.com]