With director Chris Weitz now firmly in the director's chair, it may not be the only change that happens to the Twilight sequel New Moon. MTV reports that the role of Jacob Black, played by Taylor Lautner in Twilight, is up in the air after the Summit Entertainment press release omitted Lautner. Summit told MTV: "The casting decision in regards to the character Jacob Black has yet to be made."
Instead of Lautner, MTV reports that Michael Copon (Scorpion King 2) is being considered for the role, while Ben Barnes (Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) is vying for the role of Aro, a mind-reading vampire, who plays a critical role in New Moon.
Whoever plays these roles, Weitz will have to decide quickly. Shooting begins in twelve weeks. Check back here for more New Moon casting news. Posted 12.16.08 by reelz
If you've got anything planned for November 20, 2009, cancel it -- that's the day Summit Entertainment plans to release Twilight sequel New Moon. Which means there are only 344 days left to obsess over whether or not the script is ready, who will direct, and will they keep or replace actor Taylor Lautner, who plays Jacob, a werewolf-friend of Bella Swan's who gets elevated from minor character to potential love interest in the sequel. According to Entertainment Weekly, Summit's producers are reportedly having second thoughts about the baby-faced actor -- it sounds like they think someone a little brawnier and less cherubic is needed to play a character capable of winning the heart of the bad-boy-loving Bella. Before Summit makes a final decision on this, however, perhaps they should consider the back-catalog of Michael J. Fox and Jason Bateman. If there's one thing we learned from Teen Wolf ($33 million gross) and Teen Wolf Too ($7.8 million gross), it's this: The more petite and smooth-skinned a teen werewolf is, the better the box office. Posted 12.11.08 by reelz
This Thanksgiving, Twilight fans have plenty to be thankful for. Their beloved world has crossed over into the mainstream as one of the year's most successful movies. The bigger news is that sequel New Moon is now a lock and it's very likely that Stephenie Meyer's entire series will eventually be adapted for the screen. The cast and crew should be thankful as well, as they now have job security within these uncertain economic times.
Our friends over at MTV have compiled some of their Twilight coverage into an informative little piece on what is to be expected from the just-announced sequel New Moon. Highlights include: Taylor Lautner minus a shirt, Robert Pattinson relishing Edward's forthcoming dark journey, and director Catherine Hardwicke revealing that Moon will likely require double the production budget of Twilight. Posted 11.26.08 by reelz
ReelzChannel was the envy of young girls across the nation this weekend, spending an entire Saturday with the cast of Twilight.
Summit Entertainment, which made Twilight, is thrilled with the early hype around the November 21st release, but they are being cautious not to count their chickens before they hatch. Most industry insiders already consider an adaptation of the second book, New Moon, a foregone conclusion, but thus far Summit has only admitted to pre-production work on the script.
During the course of the marathon junket, we had the chance to confirm that each and every character from the book series is signed on to three Twilight movies.
What about Breaking Dawn? Since the book wasn't out when the contracts were drawn up, it was not part of the deal. Translation? If this series gets all the way to part four, Summit is either recasting or Stewart, Pattinson, Lautner, and crew can look forward to a nice, fat raise. Posted 11.09.08 by reelz
Dailies got a chance to speak on set with Twilight star Taylor Lautner and we've got the interview. Taylor chews the fat on Twilight's wide appeal and what it's like to play a werewolf. Posted 07.22.08 by reelz
For those of you who can't get enough Twilight -- and you know who you are -- we've got the full transcript of our recent set visit that includes interviews with Taylor Lautner, director Catherine Hardwicke, Michael Welch, Kristen Stewart, Anna Kendrick and Justin Chon. Posted 05.07.08 by Dack