Taylor Lautner will reprise his role as Jacob Black in New Moon, Summit Entertainment's sequel to its global smash Twilight.

Chris Weitz is preparing to direct the follow-up tale that focuses on the young Bella Swan's deepening relationship with Black following the abrupt departure of her vampire love Edward Cullen. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson also star.

'The characters in Stephenie's [Meyer] books go through extraordinary changes of circumstance and also appearance, so it is not surprising that there has been speculation about whether the same actor would portray a character who changes in so many surprising ways throughout the series,' Weitz said.

'But 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.'

Summit has set a November 20 release date for New Moon. Twilight has grossed more than $277m worldwide and is about to cross $100m overseas.

Lautner's credits include Cheaper By The Dozen 2 and The Adventures Of Sharkboy And Lavagirl 3-D. He is represented by WMA.