Taylor Lautner to be in UK Comedy Cuckoo

This is from the Daily Mail in the UK. Sounds like a fun role for Taylor and a bit of a departure from his other movie parts. I sure hope it does air. He is looking so great in his leather jacket and boots.


The Twilight hour: Taylor Lautner enjoys a night out in London’s Mayfair as he begins filming on BBC Three comedy Cuckoo


He is known to Twilight fans as the werewolf Jacob. But Taylor Lautner has swapped Hollywood for London as he films the BBC Three comedy show Cuckoo and was seen having a night out in Mayfair on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old was swamped by fans as he turned up in the capital, but looking as ruggedly handsome in a black T-shirt, blue jeans and a leather jacket. Lautner is in the UK filming the second series of the acclaimed BBC Three culture clash comedy. He is replacing Andy Samberg as the male lead, who left the show after the first season to star in the US comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. In a cruel twist of fate Taylor may not make it on to our TV screens if the BBC go ahead with their plans to scrap BBC Three as a television channel. The broadcasting corporation want to make the channel an online-only services to help save £100 million from their budget. BBC Three currently costs around £85 million a year. However, the director general must get approval from the BBC Trust, the corporation’s governing body, which represents the interests of licence fee payers first. There has been strong opposition to the move with almost 200,000 people signing a petition calling for the BBC Three plans to be overhauled. It is the first TV role for Lautner since he found fame in the Twilight films, playing the role of Jacob Black. Cuckoo, which launched in September 2012, was the biggest comedy launch in BBC Three’s history.

It was nominated for two British Comedy awards as well as Davies’ nomination for best male comedy performance at the Baftas. The second series will pick up two years after Samberg’s character has disappeared while walking in the Himalayas. He is presumed dead and Rachel has found love again with a new boyfriend, ‘a nice-but-dull lawyer’.Lautner will play a mysterious stranger who arrives to turn their lives around again. Controller of BBC Three Zai Bennett said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome it back with the addition of superstar Taylor Lautner”, adding it would be “one of the comedy treats of the year’.