The decision has been made! Taylor Lautner will be returning as Jacob Black in "New Moon," the sequel to "Twilight." Series author Stephenie Meyer confirmed the news on her website in a statement from director Chris Weitz.
"I'm very happy to announce that Taylor Lautner will be playing Jacob Black in New Moon and that he's doing so with the enthusiastic support of Summit Entertainment, the producers, and Stephenie Meyer," Weitz 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. And I'm very much looking forward to seeing what he's going to bring to Jacob's character this year."
Lautner, 16, is supposed to look 25 to play the character of the werewolf and be almost a foot taller. Lautner said he had been working out to convince producers he could reprise his role.
"New Moon" is scheduled to be released November 20.