Taylor Lautner Cast In BBC Comedy 'Cuckoo', Replacing Andy Samberg
The 'Twilight' star will appear in the hit BBC Three comedy.
Taylor Lautner has landed a role in the BBC Three comedy Cuckoo, alongside Greg Davies and Helen Baxendale, according to BBC News. The 22 year-old American star, whose best-known role was the werewolf Jacob Black in the Twilight franchise, will replace the outgoing US comedian in the second series of the popular British comedy.
Taylor Lautner Has Landed A Role In The BBC Comedy, 'Cuckoo.'
Controller of BBC Three Zai Bennett said: "'Cuckoo' was one of BBC Three's most stand out comedies, so I'm delighted to welcome it back with the addition of superstar Taylor Lautner joining the critically acclaimed Greg Davies and an outstanding British comedy cast for what will be one of the comedy treats of the year," via Digital Spy.
Samberg played the unwanted son-in-law, Cuckoo, but will not return for the second series. We'll learn that Cuckoo disappeared after hiking in the Himalayas and, two years later, Rachel (Tamla Kari) has found new love with "a nice-but-dull lawyer."
Lautner Will Replace Andy Samberg, Who Played The Annoying Cuckoo In Series One.
Lautner won't be playing this lawyer though - instead he'll take the role of a "a handsome and mysterious young stranger" stranger who unexpectedly arrives to turn everyone's lives around in Lichfield.
Cuckoo, which launched in September 2012, was reportedly the biggest comedy launch in BBC Three's history. Indeed, the first series was a big hit, having earned two British Comedy Award nominations, but Samberg's attention has been devoted to his successful, Golden Globe-winning cop comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Greg Davies, Star Of 'The Inbetweeners,' Will Return For A Second Series Of 'Cuckoo.'
Fans of the show worried that all Lautner will bring is a hunky physique and American charm needn't be worried: Taylor is a seasoned comedian, having hosted Saturday Night Live as well as having performed in the Live Read event at the LACMA for Boogie Nights.
Cuckoo's Executive producer Ash Atalla ('The Office,' 'The IT Crowd') spoke of his enthusiasm for further series of the show, saying "'Cuckoo' is one of my favourite shows I've ever been involved in. We can't wait to come back bigger and better."
There are no details yet regarding the premiere of the new Cuckoo series.