Twilight Sequel News: Jacob Black Gets Replaced, Ben Barnes as Aro, Kristen Stewart

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Yup. That’s not your dog on fire, that’s the “Twilight” sequel heating up like something that heats up awful fast and hot. With news that Summit has hired a new director for “Twilight’s” sequel, “New Moon”, and a 2009 release date penned in, there are more “New Moon” rumblings in the world of teen vampire angst. The biggest news has to be the possible (and at this point, very probable) replacement of actor Taylor Lautner in the Jacob Black role. As “New Moon” fans probably already know, Black plays a very important part in the upcoming sequel, which may explain why Summit is looking for an older, more experienced actor to get in the way of Bella and Edward’s longing glances.

MTV breaks down the news that the Lautner clan definitely doesn’t want to hear right now:

Following last week’s dismissal and replacement of Catherine Hardwicke, this weekend began with a press release from Summit Entertainment officially appointing “New Moon” director Chris Weitz to the job. Suspicious in its omission of Taylor Lautner, the release seemed to all but confirm Twilighter whispers that Hardwicke won’t be the last “Twilight” talent replaced before the sequel.

So where does the series go from here?

MTV News can confirm that 26-year-old “Scorpion King 2″ actor Michael Copon [pronounced "COPE-on"] is one of several actors Weitz is considering to play the new, larger Jacob Black. A representative for Copon told us that they’re making a full effort to land the high-profile gig. And in a bit of 21st-century self-publicity, the actor has even recently updated his Facebook status with messages like: “Michael Copon [is] in a Twilight Zone!” and “Michael Copon is the older Jacob Black!”

Copon’s representative confirmed to MTV News that the Facebook page is run by the actor himself and that those are indeed his words.

Approached for comment on Lautner’s omission from the “New Moon” press release, Summit confirmed that it was not a typographical error. “The casting decision in regards to the character Jacob Black has yet to be made,” a representative told MTV News.

Translation: “Yes, we’re dumping the kid, and looking for someone else. Sorry, Taylor Lautner.”

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Meanwhile, also via MTV’s Movie Blog, “Chronicles of Narnia” star Ben Barnes, who happen to share the same management as Michael Copon (sounds like someone’s definitely earning their 10%!), is eyeballing the part of Aro, a vampire who can read mines in “New Moon”.

With the buzz building for these roles, MTV News has confirmed that 27-year-old “Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” heartthrob Ben Barnes is throwing his hat into the ring. The actor is already quite popular with the “Twilight” fanbase and shares the same manager as both Copon and “Twilight” star Cam Gigandet. Barnes is believed to be campaigning for the role of Aro, a mind-reading vampire whose “New Moon” encounter with Edward and Bella helps shape their destiny together.

Wow. So I get to live forever, seduce high school chicks, and read minds? Man, being a vampire rocks! Screw you, Van Helsing!

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Over in Bella land, actress Kristen Stewart, who might actually be the most experienced and “actor’s actor” of the cast, is talking about things that “Twilight” fans might not want to hear. In an interview with Reuters while over at London for the film’s premiere, Stewart does more than hint that playing a love-stricken high school girl in love with a blood-sucking vampire might not be something she wants to do for too much longer.

For 18-year-old Stewart, playing as many different roles as possible was one way of avoiding the risk of being typecast.

“There’s a large group of people that will always consider us as these characters (but) I just did this movie called ‘Welcome to the Rileys’ which couldn’t have been more different.

“If it was just Twilight for the rest of my life as an actor I would be quite miserable.”

Stewart already has a whopping 21 movies to her credit. That’s over one movie for every year she’s been alive! Compare her resume to co-star Pattinson, who is 22 but only has 11 movies to his credit, and most of them were background work.

What I’m trying to say here, Twilighters, is don’t be surprise if Stewart pulls a Johnny Depp and jump ship from your franchise after part 3. Besides, have you seen pictures of Kristen Stewart on the red carpet? She may be 18, but the girl has the soul of a 30-year old. Kinda like Dakota Fanning, minus the creepiness.

Below: One of these guys won’t be back for the sequel. Hint: It’s the guy on the left.

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  • Tierra

    well i mean damn lmao this articles mean as hell but very funny, i’d be sad to see Tay go, and ol girl’s right about maybe havin taylor at the beginning than changing to Copon or Strait, mmmmm Straaait. i just dont want to see Taylor out of a job oh well he can spend time with his girlfriend now.

    • Nikki

      All I have to say about Kristen Stewart is that she should have pulled a johnny depp before the film was released so that way they could have found a way better girl to play Bella. I just knew by her interviews that she wasn’t into the whole twilight thing. Nothing against her as an actress, but she does not pull bella off. Visually her and robert make a good Edward and Bella, but kristen’s acting did not do her character justice. The “love” that she had for edward was so forced it was annoying! She should stick to films like “Into the wild.” I actually bought the chemistry between kristen and emile hersh in that movie. It’s probably because she is a 30 year old girl stuck in a 18 year old’s body.

  • Tierra

    well i mean damn lmao this articles mean as hell but very funny, i’d be sad to see Tay go, and ol girl’s right about maybe havin taylor at the beginning than changing to Copon or Strait, mmmmm Straaait. i just dont want to see Taylor out of a job oh well he can spend time with his girlfriend now.

    • Nikki

      All I have to say about Kristen Stewart is that she should have pulled a johnny depp before the film was released so that way they could have found a way better girl to play Bella. I just knew by her interviews that she wasn’t into the whole twilight thing. Nothing against her as an actress, but she does not pull bella off. Visually her and robert make a good Edward and Bella, but kristen’s acting did not do her character justice. The “love” that she had for edward was so forced it was annoying! She should stick to films like “Into the wild.” I actually bought the chemistry between kristen and emile hersh in that movie. It’s probably because she is a 30 year old girl stuck in a 18 year old’s body.

  • jeanine

    U CAN NOT TAKE AWAY TAYLOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HES EVEYTHING. HES THE PERFECT PERSON TO PLAY THIS DAMN ROLE. THIS NEW GUY LOOKS LIKE A FAG. TAYLOR IS HOT AND PERFECT. HES THE ONLY REASON IM WATCHING NUMBER TWO “NEW MOON”. IVE DECIDED TO MAKE A PETITION IN MY SCHOOL TO MAKE SURE HE KEEPS HIS PART!

    IF U AGREE WITH WHAT I HAVE TO SAY THEN I SUGEST U ALL MAKE A PETITION TO KEEP TAYLOR IN NEW MOON. HE DESERVES IT AND NOONE CAN DO A BETTER JOB THAN THE REAL JACKOB BLACK A.K.A TAYLOR!

  • jeanine

    U CAN NOT TAKE AWAY TAYLOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HES EVEYTHING. HES THE PERFECT PERSON TO PLAY THIS DAMN ROLE. THIS NEW GUY LOOKS LIKE A FAG. TAYLOR IS HOT AND PERFECT. HES THE ONLY REASON IM WATCHING NUMBER TWO “NEW MOON”. IVE DECIDED TO MAKE A PETITION IN MY SCHOOL TO MAKE SURE HE KEEPS HIS PART!

    IF U AGREE WITH WHAT I HAVE TO SAY THEN I SUGEST U ALL MAKE A PETITION TO KEEP TAYLOR IN NEW MOON. HE DESERVES IT AND NOONE CAN DO A BETTER JOB THAN THE REAL JACKOB BLACK A.K.A TAYLOR!

  • franny

    REALLY ARE YOU JOKING….IF TAYLOR DOES NOT COME BACK NEITHER WILL THE FANS…he is the perfect character for jacob black and everyone knows it. i will not pay one cent to see it if taylor is not in new moon. and i bet others agree

    • Chloe

      They shouldn’t replace Taylor because alot of fans are going to be disappointed and won’t love the movie as much.
      if you replace him you won’t have as much fans or as much ratings.

  • franny

    REALLY ARE YOU JOKING….IF TAYLOR DOES NOT COME BACK NEITHER WILL THE FANS…he is the perfect character for jacob black and everyone knows it. i will not pay one cent to see it if taylor is not in new moon. and i bet others agree

    • Chloe

      They shouldn’t replace Taylor because alot of fans are going to be disappointed and won’t love the movie as much.
      if you replace him you won’t have as much fans or as much ratings.

  • Gab

    THEY CANT REPLACE TAYLOR!!!!!!!!!! THEY CANT!!! THEY CANT!!! THEY CANT!!!!!!! THATS JUST WRONG TONS OF FANS WILL BE SOOOOOOO DISAPOINTED!!! THEY CANT!!! THEY CANT!!! THEY CANT!!!!

  • Gab

    THEY CANT REPLACE TAYLOR!!!!!!!!!! THEY CANT!!! THEY CANT!!! THEY CANT!!!!!!! THATS JUST WRONG TONS OF FANS WILL BE SOOOOOOO DISAPOINTED!!! THEY CANT!!! THEY CANT!!! THEY CANT!!!!

  • -

    !!
    i want the same jacob to stay
    not becos i think he’s hot
    i do not like him so its gd he stays as bad-looking
    i would not want a hot guy for jacob anyway hahahahahaha

    and aro!
    oh my goodness!
    whats wrong, i imagined him as a MUCH older man than Ben Barnes.. its gonna be soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo weird if Ben Barnes is aro zzzzzzz!

    AND BELLA!
    Noooo i dont want her to goooo
    shes exactly what i wanted her to be
    not too geeky
    but not too pretty
    because if ‘bella’ is too pretty she wouldnt appreciate edward as much… right?

    Ok ppl who dont agree pls do not spam me thanks lol

    • Becky

      OMG! Do NOT replace Jacob!!!! Hes perfect for the part! What are they thinking! I hate when they change characters for the sequel!!!!! Change Bella if you are going to change any one!

    • Bo

      Replacing Original Chracters (R.O.C.)s:
      It is quite obvious that the Twilight Saga is reaching hights as big as the Star Wars ‘Saga’. But, if Summit Entertainment was smart they would do a Nationwide, if not International, focal group study on the characters in the movie and wether or not they should keep or replace them. Also, they could look at the still, overwhelming poularity of ‘Star Wars’ internationaly. I myself believe the major reason for this popular stance, is that George Lukas kept all the original actors in the refibished films and ran the story lines together so that they corisponded in sequense from Prt. 1 all the way to the end of Prt. 4. My dad always told us as children, “If it aint broke, don’t fix it.”

  • -

    !!
    i want the same jacob to stay
    not becos i think he’s hot
    i do not like him so its gd he stays as bad-looking
    i would not want a hot guy for jacob anyway hahahahahaha

    and aro!
    oh my goodness!
    whats wrong, i imagined him as a MUCH older man than Ben Barnes.. its gonna be soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo weird if Ben Barnes is aro zzzzzzz!

    AND BELLA!
    Noooo i dont want her to goooo
    shes exactly what i wanted her to be
    not too geeky
    but not too pretty
    because if ‘bella’ is too pretty she wouldnt appreciate edward as much… right?

    Ok ppl who dont agree pls do not spam me thanks lol

    • Becky

      OMG! Do NOT replace Jacob!!!! Hes perfect for the part! What are they thinking! I hate when they change characters for the sequel!!!!! Change Bella if you are going to change any one!