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The trouble with Jacob

Excuse me for doing another Twilight post. This issue is weighing heavy on my mind because obviously I seriously need a hobby… ;)

The latest news from the New Moon movie camp is 1) they replaced the director of Twilight, Catherine Hardwicke, with Chris Weisz (who directed the gorgeous-looking but flat Golden Compass — but hopefully this will give New Moon a bit slicker look that I felt Twilight could have used), and 2) they are considering replacing the kid who played Jacob in Twilight, Taylor Lautner, for an older looking actor in New Moon.

If you’ve read New Moon, you will know…


…that Jacob physically ages to look like he’s in his mid-twenties, despite being only sixteen, due to his, err… shapeshifting needs. He’s buff, he’s mega-tall, and mega-hot. And he also his growing friendship/romance with Bella is a huge part of this book.

I quite enjoyed New Moon. :) It’s actually my favorite of the series. I love a good love triangle.

And I really liked Taylor as Jacob in Twilight. He was perfect as the young, cute kid who obviously has a major crush on Bella. He is also really into the books, you can tell his enthusiasm from the interview’s he’s done. And the fans really love him. He’s been taking the transition to “older Jacob” very seriously and bulking up and working out l like a maniac. But is he right for the part?

I’m not so sure he is. I like him. Don’t get me wrong. But I think he looks too young to play opposite Kristen Stewart romantically and give RPattz a real run for his money in this love triangle. Although, apparently ever girl under sixteen in the universe disagrees with me on this. They don’t mind a younger Jacob since, I would assume, they are young themselves. But to be true to the part as it was written, it needs an older actor.

Allegedly, two other actors are being considered for the role of older Jacob. Michael Copon and Steven Strait. I don’t think any of the three mentioned actors are actually Native American.

I think Michael Copon looks perfect for the role. The fans are not digging this guy, though. They think he’s egotistical and anything that isn’t Taylor is bad to them. However, originally the choice of RPattz for Edward was met with… dissatisfaction. To say the least. But as the months went by to say that Robert’s been embraced by the Twilight community would be an understatement. Personally I think if they end up casting someone else, it won’t take long before the fans will shift their affections.

So, pictures… First up is Taylor Lautner…


Cute, right?

And now, Michael Copon…

Definitely hot. And he looks like he could be Taylor’s older brother which would make for a smooth translation. I’ve seen clips of his acting on YouTube (yeah, I have some spare time, okay??) and I wasn’t majorly impressed. But when you look like this, who cares if you can act?

And lastly, Steven Strait…

I’ve heard this hottie is who Stephenie Meyer herself had in mind when she was writing Jacob. He’s done movies before, like The Covenant, and I think he’d be really good. He doesn’t look all that Native American to me, though, and nothing like Taylor.

Out of the three I like Taylor’s attitude and likability (key to Jacob), Michael’s looks, and, well, I just like Steven Strait because he’s hot. We’ll see what’s decided soon. The movie starts shooting in March for a November release! Damn. That’s even faster than publishing a book!

10 comments to “The trouble with Jacob”

  1. Eliza Gayle
     · December 20th, 2008 at 3:00 pm · Link

    My daughter told me about this actor change this morning and I was very upset. But…

    If they choose Steven Strait, I think I could get over it. LOL

  2. Michelle Rowen
     · December 20th, 2008 at 3:42 pm · Link

    You are obviously very open minded about these sorts of things. ;)

  3. Leah Braemel
     · December 20th, 2008 at 4:55 pm · Link

    Door #3 – Steven Strait – Yum yum yum!
    (I think he’s going to be inspiring a few heroes of mine for a while.) Of course I haven’t seen him ACT and that’s a HUGE lynchpin, isn’t it?

  4. Stargazer
     · December 20th, 2008 at 9:37 pm · Link

    Oh YEAH! I would take ethier of those last two for Jacob in New Moon. I agree the younger guy was purfect for Twilight, but now for the love triangle we need an older guy.

  5. mynameis
     · December 28th, 2008 at 11:45 pm · Link

    Steven Strait. Copon could pull off being the older taylor, but he’s so old looking though, and missing something…Strait can pull off being the young and older jacob black; plus, there’s something more about him. must be his sad eyes and smile that can light up a room :)

     · January 6th, 2009 at 10:46 am · Link

    Steven Strait. Sex on a stick. Awesome. I love taylor’s personality. He is sunny Jacob perfectly. I do think he could capture the intensity of older Jake. Taylor was a 4 time martial arts champ and he can deliver the intensity and smoldering required. However, his problem is lack of maturity, height, and bulk. In a few years Taylor might be right. For now all I can see as older jake is Steven. I don’t like Copon. Cute, but is a real jerk and cannot act. My fear for using Steven is too many people will root for Jake. I would take Steve over Rob in a hot second.

  7. Steph
     · April 16th, 2009 at 10:25 am · Link

    um…i couldnt agree more with everything you said. Taylor was perfect for twilight and he is definitely a cutie and will grow up to be a heart breaker…but i just dont feel like he fits the role later on. Jacob is supposed to be 6’7 and 240+ lbs for gods sake…even with the 30lbs that taylor packed on isnt going to help him. while Strait is hot…i think Copon would have stepped in perfectly- for all the same reasons you mentioned.

    too late though. we’ll see how Taylor fits when the next movie comes out. hopefully it isn’t as disappointing as Twilight…

  8. TAYLOR K.
     · February 8th, 2010 at 4:58 pm · Link

    holy shit TAYLOR LAUGHTNER is so gosh damn HOTT!!!!!! hes more like erisitible…. i would love to have him:)

  9. Adriana
     · July 7th, 2010 at 6:22 pm · Link

    Taylor Lautner hE iS fUkN kUitE WELL MORE theN tht
    i fU’kN LUV hiM hE iS SO HOT !!! OGM i LUV hiM…
    hOtiiE <33

  10. veronica romero
     · November 13th, 2011 at 9:07 pm · Link

    sos mi amor imposible te AMOOOO!!! espero algun dia conocerte.. mi lobito hermoso.. te queda super bien ese papel!! te deseo lo mejor exitos!! soy de paraguay! :wink:

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