“New Moon” casting update, “Twilight” DVD artwork revealed
January 7, 2009
Actor Taylor Lautner will return to the “Twilight” film franchise to play Jacob Black, a principal character in “New Moon,” according to a statement released Jan. 7 by “New Moon” director Chris Weitz and “Twilight” saga author Stephenie Meyer.
In the joint statement posted on Meyer’s official website, Weitz addressed the recent speculation that Lautner would be replaced by a different actor.
“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,” he said.
Meyer added, “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.”
“New Moon” will begin filming in Canada early this year and is scheduled to be released in theaters in November 2009, according to Summit Entertainment.
The artwork for the forthcoming DVD release of “Twilight” was previewed this week. An exact release date for the DVD has not yet been announced, although various reports suggest that it will hit shelves sometime in March.
Matthew Sliker contributed to this report. Artwork © 2008 Summit Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.
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