'Twilight' Star Taylor Lautner Lands BBC

BERLIN — Taylor Lautner, who plays werewolf Jacob Black in “Twilight,” is set to star in the second season of the BBC’s culture clash comedy “Cuckoo.”

Lautner will play a mysterious young stranger who shows up in the town where the show is set. The series also stars Greg Davies and Helen Baxendale.

The second season is set two years after the counter-culture title character, Cuckoo — played by “Saturday Night Live” comedian Andy Samberg — disappeared in the Himalayas, leaving wife Rachel (Tamla Kari) to start a new life without him. Her parents Ken (Davies) and Lorna (Baxendale) and brother Dylan (Tyger Drew-Honey) are getting back to normal when Lautner’s character shows up.

The show aired on youth-skewed channel BBC3, and was one of its highest rating comedy.

BBC3 controller Zai Bennett said: “‘Cuckoo’ was one of BBC3’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.”

Executive producer Ash Atalla, whose credits include “The Office” and “The IT Crowd,” said: “‘Cuckoo’ is one of my favorite shows I’ve ever been involved in. We can’t wait to come back bigger and better.”

The second series was ordered by Bennett and BBC comedy commissioning editor Chris Sussman.

The show is made by independent producer Rough Cut Television and will be directed by Ben Taylor. Series producer is Dan Hine.

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