01/07/2009 at 08:00 AM EST
You can't keep a good shape shifter down.
Taylor Lautner could reprise his role as Jacob Black in the Twilight
sequel New Moon
, Entertainment Weekly
Summit Entertainment is expected to announce its decision as early as this week for the next film based on Stephenie Meyer's vampire series. A decision that will make many Twilight
– as well as the Lautner, 16 – very happy.
"Jacob is a totally different character in New Moon
," Melissa Rosenberg, screenwriter of both Twilight
films, tells EW
. "He's a foot taller and huge – and he's supposed to look 25. It's really a question of whether or not the same actor can play the role."
Even Lautner recognizes the difference in his character and told MTV last month he had been working out
hard enough to gain 19 lbs. and had 10 to go!
Kristen Stewart, 18, is set to return as Bella Swan, and Robert Pattinson
, 22, will definitely be her hunky vampire love interest, Edward Cullen. The sequel will be directed by Chris Weitz
and released Nov. 20, 2009.
In a recent PEOPLE poll
, readers overwhelmingly chose Lautner to stay on rather than be replaced by Michael Copon, 26, in the more mature role.
Rosenberg adds, "'Everyone would love to keep him. We all think he's the loveliest person ever."
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