As of this morning, Stephenie Meyer, and New Moon director Chris Weitz, confirmed that Taylor Lautner will be playing Jacob Black in the second film installment of the Twilight series.
There was a lot of criticism about the casting of the young actor for the first film (but then again, there was about Robert Pattison as well, and now all those girls are lining up at the mall to scream his name), but the director seems confident that Lautner is the right kid for the role.
"... 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. I think that fans of Twilight the book and the movie will be surprised by the Jacob Black that Taylor will bring to the screen in New Moon; and I'm looking forward to working with him and the rest of the cast in realizing the film." -- Chris Weitz
Meyer also says on her site (www.stepheniemeyer.com) that she was very much a part of the decision to keep Taylor in the second film.
The movie is currently slated to come out November 20, 2009.
So what do you think, Twilight fans? If you don't like the former Shark Boy for the role, who would you cast?