Twilight star Taylor Lautner is to replace Adam Sandberg in the second season of the BBC Three comedy Cuckoo.

The Bafta-nominated series stars Greg Davies and Helen Baxendale as a couple whose young daughter returns from her gap year with an American husband.

Lautner steps into a new role as a mysterious stranger as Saturday Night Live regular Sandberg's star continues to rise with his Golden Globe winning role in cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine which is currently being screened on RTÉ Two on Monday nights.

This is Lautner's first TV role since he found fame in the Twilight film series as Jacob Black.

The second series of Cuckoo will pick up two years after Samburg's character 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.

BBC Three controller Zai Bennett commented: "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 added: "Cuckoo is one of my favourite shows I've ever been involved in. We can't wait to come back bigger and better."