It’s been a busy few weeks for fans of the Twilight franchise. First there was the trailer for the much anticipated The Avengers, then came the release of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and finally, on May 2nd, the premiere of the first of five(!) sequels to the Stephenie Meyer juggernaut. Between these events it seemed like everywhere you turned there was some new piece of media about Taylor Lautner, the actor who plays a pivotal role in the Twilight saga as the ultimate outsider looking in.

The question on everyone’s lips was: Will Taylor Lautner be returning for the third installment of The Twilight Saga?

With the dust from The Avengers and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse finally starting to settle, we’re left to wonder about one thing: What will Taylor Lautner’s future hold? More importantly, will Robert Pattinson return as Edward Cullen?

While it would be great to see Robert Pattinson return as Edward Cullen for the rest of the series, let’s face facts: This version of the character is already 27 years old and since the first movie he played the role in 1991 he’s been in almost every other installment of the franchise. So, it’s about time Edward Cullen found himself in a place of retirement and the search is on to find his replacement.

And who better to take up the mantle of Edward Cullen than Taylor Lautner? The 29-year-old actor rose to fame playing the role in Twilight, and since has gone on to appear in many other blockbusters including Avatar and The Hobbit trilogy (as an elf). Not to mention his countless TV appearances including General Hospital and Chicago Hope.

Eclipse

Eclipse is the fourth film in Twilight and, arguably, the most divisive installment of the franchise. If you’ve never seen the series, the gist is this: Young love is at its purest when two young people fall in love and want to spend their lives together. The two main characters in Eclipse, Bella (a.k.a. Twilight) and Edward (a.k.a. Vampire Killer), fall deeply in love, experience all the highs and lows that come with first love, and ultimately decide to be together no matter what. That much we know already.

As with the previous three Twilight films, Eclipse is yet another example of the fantastical fiction that has made the franchise famous. In the case of Eclipse, we are introduced to a dark and stormy night in which Bella meets Edward for the first time. There’s a dramatic rumble on the rooftop, after which Bella flees for her life and is only saved when Edward shows up and battles the bloodsucking creatures who have infested her hometown of Forks, Washington. If that doesn’t sound like your thing, then you might as well stop reading now.

Thematically, Eclipse marks a departure from the previous three films in that it’s more of a horror movie than a romantic fantasy. The narrative follows Bella as she struggles with her burgeoning lycanthropic powers, which she must learn to control before the world – or at least the Volturi elite – discovers her secret. Along the way, she makes many mistakes, which cause many problems for her.

The Avengers

This year has been a good one for Avengers fans. Not only did they get to see their favorite super heroes team up on the big screen for the first time, but it also marked the 10th anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. To celebrate this achievement, Marvel Studios held a marathon viewing party for fans around the world to witness the culmination of 10 years of unprecedented success.

One of the highlights of this year’s Avengers: Endgame was the revelation that many of the film’s characters would be returning for another adventure. The most prominent of these is no doubt Peter Quill, also known as Starlord. While many of the universe’s current crop of superheroes have been reduced to cameos in this latest installment, it would seem that Peter Quill has no desire to simply live in luxury now that he’s retired. Instead he decides to travel the world and spread his newfound love for astronomy. He makes a stop in Mexico City, where he meets a young woman whose eyes bear a striking resemblance to those of the woman he loves, the beautiful and vivacious Peggy Carter. When he finally decides to ask her out, she kindly declines, stating that she’s not yet 30 years old and wants to “see the world”. If that doesn’t float your boat then you might as well stop reading now.

For fans of the Twilight franchise, the culmination of these five films and the culmination of all the years of speculation about the final chapter being “Edward’s Confession” were two incredibly exciting events. While many were sad to see this chapter end, it was clear that the series couldn’t continue any longer without breaking the bank – or, at least, pushing the boundaries of current-day cinema. The final shot of Breaking Dawn – Part 2 evoked a cry of “NOOOOO” from the audience. While we were all hoping for a happy ending, it seems that there’s more deviously planned for Taylor Lautner and the rest of the franchise’s stars. While we wait for the next thrilling installment, let’s dive into what’s next for Taylor Lautner and the rest of the Twilight Saga.

As previously stated, while it would be great to see Robert Pattinson return as Edward Cullen for the rest of the series, it would seem that Taylor Lautner is already prepped to step in and assume the role. The 29-year-old has already appeared in four films, and, as far as we know, he hasn’t turned down a single role since he first joined the cast of Twilight. More importantly, he’s already proven himself to be a versatile actor, having starred in memorable films such as House at the End of the Street and Wind River. He also managed to keep his Hollywood good looks and charm all this time. If that isn’t enough, let’s not forget that Lautner is part of the “It” guy generation. The generation of actors raised on social media who are completely at home in front of the camera, whether it’s attached to a handheld device or floating in front of the fireplace.

In other words, if you’re a Twilight fan, there’s no question that Taylor Lautner’s name will be at the top of your list when it comes down to playing Edward Cullen’s replacement. For more information about Taylor Lautner, check out these related articles:

House at the End of the Street

House at the End of the Street is the first of Lautner’s three critically acclaimed films and one of the most memorable horror movies of all time. The 1996 supernatural horror film is about a young couple, Seth and Emma, who move into a new home that’s located at the end of a dark and desolate street. The only thing is, the house appears to be inhabited by a malevolent spirit – or, as Seth puts it, “a demon”. Little do they know that the demon’s true form is actually that of a human being – something which will be revealed much later in the film. Interestingly enough, House at the End of the Street went on to become the basis for a lucrative video game franchise which has sold over 100 million copies worldwide. (For more information about House at the End of the Street, click here.)

Wind River

Wind River is the second of Lautner’s three critically acclaimed films and the 1999 Western thriller is about a federal biologist (Sandra Bullock) who travels to the Indian Reservation to investigate the murder of a local high school student. While there, she uncovers a decades-old conspiracy and becomes entangled in a web of deceit and murder. (For more information about Wind River, click here.)

Out of Time

Out of Time is the third of Lautner’s three critically acclaimed films (the other two being House and Wind River) and it’s based on the 1994 novel of the same name by J. D. Robb. Out of Time is about an ordinary man (Sylvester Stallone) who is unexpectedly yanked out of his day-to-day routine and into a desperate race against time. (For more information about Out of Time, click here.)

Last Stand

Last Stand is the fourth and final film in Lautner’s trilogy and it’s the most recent installment. The film is about a former rodeo clown (Matt Dillon) who returns home to lead his small town against a vicious gang. Unfortunately, during his time away, the townsfolk have become weak and, as a result, have fallen victim to the gang’s heinous crimes. (For more information about Last Stand, click here.)