No transfusion: Lautner back for 'Moon'

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The werewolf will not morph.

After much speculation and consternation among online fans of "Twilight," Summit and director Chris Weitz said Wednesday that Taylor Lautner will return to play werewolf Jacob Black in the "Twilight" sequel "New Moon."

The character has a minor role in the first pic but a significantly larger one in the second as he develops a romantic relationship with female protagonist Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart).

With Jacob looking older and bulkier in "Moon" as he undergoes physiological changes, there were reports that Lautner might be replaced. The actor was said to be gaining weight as part of a bid to keep the part.

It is unclear how big Lautner's role will be in the sequel, which is being fast-tracked for a November release. The role of Robert Pattinson's character is considerably smaller in the "Moon" novel, but the script is expected to boost it to allow more screen time for Pattinson, seen as key to the success of "Twilight."

Weitz, who came on to helm "Moon" after Summit and Catherine Hardwicke could not reach an agreement, acknowledged the body-size issue but said Lautner was the best choice. (partialdiff)
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