Taylor Lautner to Star in BBC Sitcom Cuckoo, Replacing Andy Samberg
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Taylor Lautner to Star in BBC Sitcom Cuckoo, Replacing Andy Samberg

We bet most Hollywood folks speculating on Taylor Lautner's acting career would not have guessed that he'd head to a British TV comedy.

But sure enough, the Twilight hunk is celebrating his 22nd birthday today (February 11) with the news that he's joining the BBC sitcom Cuckoo, taking over for Andy Samberg.

The BBC Three sitcom focuses on the Thompson family of Lichfield, Staffordshire. In the first season, Ken (Greg Davies) and Lorna (Helen Baxendale) are surprised when their daughter (Tamla Kari) returns from her gap year with an American druggie of a husband, Cuckoo (played by Andy).

The show was a smash hit for the network when it premiered in September 2012. It was renewed in early 2013, but Andy Samberg had to drop out due to his busy workload. (He now stars on FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine.)

Now, Taylor will take his spot, playing a "mysterious young stranger" who pops up in Lichfield.

Per The Guardian, BBC head honcho Zai Bennett couldn't be happier about the erstwhile-werewolf joining the series. "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."

Time to renew that subscription to BBC America, Twihards!

Source: The Guardian

Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!

02.11.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Dan Clarendon
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