The Twilight actor replaces Andy Samberg on the series.
AMERICAN star Taylor Lautner (pic) will take up a new small-screen role as the replacement of Andy Samberg on the British comedy Cuckoo.
The TV series followed a British girl, Rachel (Tamla Kari), who returns from the United States after a hiatus from school with an American husband named Cuckoo, played by Samberg.
“I’m delighted to welcome it back with the addition of superstar Taylor Lautner,” said BBC Three controller Zai Bennett, who
added that it would be “one of the comedy treats of the year”.
Lautner, 22, will play a new American who arrives two years after Samberg’s character disappeared in the Himalayas. He’s described as “a nice-but-dull lawyer” by the BBC.
Greg Davies and Helen Baxendale play Rachel’s parents in the Bafta-nominated series, which launched its first season in 2012.
Aside from starring as Jacob Black in the Twilight movie franchise, Lautner has starred in several movies including Abduction, Valentine’s Day, The Adventures Of Sharkboy And Lavagirl and the upcoming Tracers.
His TV credits include NBC’s My Own Worst Enemy and Fox’s The Bernie Mac Show.
American Samberg currently stars on Fox’s freshman comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which earned the actor a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Actor in addition to the show’s win for Best Comedy. – Reuters