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05 July 2008 @ 01:24 pm
Cast Article, Plus New Moon Movie Rumour  
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“I talked Emile,” recalls Hardwicke, referring to her Lords Of Dogtown featured player. “And he had lots of nice things to say about Kristen from Into The Wild.”

Hardwick maintains most of the actors they auditioned for Edward were handsome “but they all looked like the All-American guy.”

Pattison was different. “He had everything we needed,” Hardwicke notes. “And he had that angular face and kind of mysterious Edward aura.”

Bob Thompson: Director says Twilight stars will shine

With director Catherine Hardwicke deep into post-production for Twilight, frenzied young fans are anxiously awaiting the results of the film set for release on Dec. 12.

To say that a fanatic following has blossomed around the novel and now the movie is, like, such an understatement. The film version of the award-winning and best selling Stephenie Meyer book will be one of the totally major events of the Christmas season.

The peculiar thing is Hardwicke, who made a name for herself with teen flicks Thirteen and Lords Of Dogtown, had no idea what she was getting into at first. She says she responded to the teen love conflict amidst vampires at an isolated Washington State high school.

But it didn’t take long into filming in and around Portland, Oregon, for the director to find out all Twilight eyes were on her and the production. Good thing for Hardwicke she realized before shooting that casting would be especially critical to the success of the movie.

Fans already knew that and hopes she got it right. Hardwicke thought she had when she hired the actors. Now she’s happy to say she did, especially with the pivotal leads.

That would be Kristin Stewart who plays Bella, a lousy athlete and an awkward teen hopelessly devoted to the mysterious Edward (Robert Pattison), a vampire trying to kick his bloody habit.

“When I first read the book, I thought ‘This is powerful, crazy and original,” Hardwicke says. “I got swept away with the voice of the character, this young girl who falls in love and is even willing to cross over to other side.”

So it’s not a coincidence that Hardwicke picked the Twilight leads she did.  And here’s why.

L. A. actress Stewart, 18, first made a name for herself as Jodie Foster’s sullen diabetic daughter in 2002’s Panic Room. She also received decent notices playing the cranky sister in the fantasy adventure Zathura. But it was her brief heart-felt role in Into The Wild opposite Emile Hirsch that got Hardwicke interested in her for the Twilight part.

“I talked Emile,” recalls Hardwicke, referring to her Lords Of Dogtown featured player. “And he had lots of nice things to say about Kristen from Into The Wild.”

Then she met Stewart and was convinced that the young actress could pull of the complicated  part of “a clumsy and shy teen who didn’t like the spotlight” but who ends up “so obsessed with her true love she’s willing to give up who she is.”

On the other hand, the Pattison selection took a great deal longer. He won out from over 5,000 other acting hopefuls.  And it’s his second role of a lifetime. Pattison was doing low profile theatre roles  and part-time modeling when he landed the part of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

That was a start. But Hardwicke discovered there was much more to the 22- year-old actor born and raised in London.

“It was a massive challenge to find Edward,” the director says. “Not many actors can live up to the image in the book - the pale skin and the other-worldly beauty.”

Hardwick maintains most of the actors they auditioned for Edward were handsome “but they all looked like the All-American guy.”

Pattison was different. “He had everything we needed,” Hardwicke notes. “And he had that angular face and kind of mysterious Edward aura.”

Besides that, Hardwicke hints she may include a few surprises in the movie that aren’t in the book. But not too many. We’ll find out when the film’s released in December.

Meanwhile, she’s hard at work doing post in L. A. after filming in the very rainy Portland last winter and spring.

“I got so moved by the love story in the thriller,” says Hardwicke. “I hope the movie has that too.”

And ShockTillYouDrop.com reports on the rumour that New Moon will be released late 2009.

It's just a rumor at this point, but word was leaked on the internet that Summit Entertainment, who will be releasing a movie based on Stephenie Meyer 's #1 New York Times best-selling novel Twilight on December 12, has also optioned the movie rights to the second novel in the series, New Moon, with plans to adapt it for release in December '09.

This would confirm what Twilight producer Wyck Godfrey told Ryan Rotten back in March which you can read here, saying that the script for the sequel was ready to go:

"The goal is, we've got the [sequel] script ready to go and come December we want to shoot it for about the same time - for the weather and stuff we don't want to be in the heat of the winter. Obviously, you know the next book and know we can go out into the sun a little bit more. Hopefully, we'll have it ready to go and ready to start prepping for the beginning of next year."

The popular love story between a high school girl and a young vampire who hasn't aged in 90 years is being adapted by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen) although there's no word if she'll continue onto the sequel as well.

Stay tuned for more information as we get it.

Thanks to Everglow for the heads up.
for now let's call her cleopatra.welurklate on July 5th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
Is it just me or is that...sort of...insane? Like it's great news for us, but, I don't know, the movie could possibly bomb at the box office.
Troy McClure: [Twilight] Jasper Halekasmiradoll on July 5th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
Not if there are millions of fans to support it.
And if they know the fanbase, they won't make it suck.
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I hope they prove us wrong, but... - qiushuwen on July 5th, 2008 06:25 am (UTC) (Expand)
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cglue on July 5th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
That's great! :D

Twilight will be such a success they will have to do New Moon. And it would be nice if Catherine directed it too. I'm pretty confident she did an awesome job in Twilight, and if so... Directing New Moon would be perfect. In my opinion, movie sequels that have different directors than the original one aren't that great.

Thanks for posting this. ;)
Ashley Renee: twilight - edwardnuintincowen on July 5th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
God, for a freaking rumor that is mega-exciting. XD Just think, one day...we could all have a nice little set of four DVDs sitting on our shelves - Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn...

Gah. I'm geeking out just thinking about it. XD
cierra.phony on July 5th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
Your making me so excited XD
four........amazing........books movies...on all our shelves.

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xoxgoodbyexoxgoodbye on July 5th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
Hopefully it won't be a box office bomb, I know a person who doesn't want to watch the movie because she thinks it might mess up her version of the characters. I'm pretty sure there are a lot of people who are thinking the same thing, too. On the other hand, I'm pretty sure they'll be curious and end up watching the film anyway.

A lot of people in Canada (or at least in my area) who read Twilight, but necessarily involved in the fandom like most people are here. So, hopefully it won't be a box office bomb.

So I guess that Kristen didn't audition for the role and she was immediately picked.
Lindafrowninghour on July 5th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
So we have Emile Hirsch to blame. Good to know.
No: Haters to thescatterhearts on July 5th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
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Matilda~runawaycherie on July 5th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
I don't think the movie will be a flop. Will Twilight be box office gold like the Harry Potter movies? Not really. BUT I think it will do a hell of a lot better than Eragon and other adaptions.

I'm staying positive about the movie.
pirate_block on July 5th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
ugh I want to kill whoever made Eragon the movie, I love the book and they runined it >.<

I really hope that Twilight turns out nothing like what happened to Eragon, I will going crazy on someone =P

but this is exciting news nonetheless, I dont know if Twilight will do as good as HP, but I think it will do good enuf to show the film makers that they need to make New Moon.
(no subject) - runawaycherie on July 5th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
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let's dance, douchebag!: Edward and Bella Clingingxshorty24x on July 5th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
Possible suggestion for the filmmakers: just skip the middle of New Moon, please. That way, everybody wins!
cglue on July 5th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
I so agree with you. I skipped all the pages until Edward appeared the first time I read NM. -.-

Guess I'll spend the middle of New Moon in the bathroom or flirting with the guy from the ticket booth. XD
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Ramadaylightrobbery on July 5th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
Okay, seriously the director is GENIUS.
I mean Thirteen and Lords of Dogtown were both amazing.
I have full confidence that even if the movie isn't a good adaptation, it'll still be a good movie.

And I love Emile Hirsch even more now, for suggesting Kristen.
Matilda~: Katy - Goofrunawaycherie on July 5th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
Trufax! XD
ferrylightssilvers on July 5th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
This was so exciting. Go Emile!
There's no anecdote for ironykudosirony on July 5th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
I seriously don't know how New Moon will be made into a movie. I mean, Twilight and Eclipse have so much action going on through the whole thing, but New Moon doesn't have much until the end where Bella gets frustrated, jumps off the cliff, and all that gets set into motion. I'm rereading all the books, so I'll see if I can picture it as a movie but from what I remember, I'm not sure...
pirate_block on July 5th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
they'll probably make all of Bella's 'extreme sports' scenes, like riding the motorcycles and stuff, more susspenseful, or something idk. It'll make for a good drama, I dont know if I would beable to sit thru most of it, I'll probably leave the theater and come back when Edward does.
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switchamacallit: Alice/Jasperswitchamacallit on July 5th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC)
I really hope they're able to pull off a franchise with these movies. I just feel we get so much more with all the books - people would be left hanging with just a "twilight" movie. I want to see the back stories of all the Cullens on film and I am dying to see the end of "New Moon" on the big screen! And the birthday party! I mean, the middle of New Moon is not my favorite, but the ending was soooooo good!
And Eclipse would be great on screen! *starts to go into fangirl chatter*
Matilda~: Twilight Confession - Funrunawaycherie on July 5th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
Birthday party scene FTW. I think that's the one thing I'm eager to see... Jasper going crazy... O_O
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Dani: Kristen - Smileinsomniaticxo on July 5th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
kristen is going to be famazing in new moon, i just know it.
bipolarbella on July 5th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
lmao. yeah, she'd be perfect for all of Bella's New Moon angst.
___justjealous on July 5th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
Pattison? Really? :\
Is the 'n' really that difficult to find on the keyboard?
Kelly Lee: Robert || Kiss Water Bottlekelkey on July 5th, 2008 05:45 am (UTC)
aren't they shooting new moon and eclipse at the same time? i hope they release it in december 2009. that would be freaking sweet. :)
its_babycakesmademoisellep on July 5th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
OMFG i just neeeeeeed to see twilight and i'll be a little relax and then have to wait until december 09 to see new mooon omg the streess will never go away !
reveuse47: Rob - Promreveuse47 on July 5th, 2008 06:36 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting those articles - really interesting reads! 5000 other potential Edwards! It's crazy to think about how easily it could have been someone else playing Edward. I'm so glad they ended up with Rob though...I think he's pretty much perfect for the role (which is also the general consensus, I think).
♡ Shiro: emmett/rosalieseriouslywir on July 5th, 2008 09:03 am (UTC)
That was a nice inside, New Moon isn't going to be the same as Twilight. Eclipse will.
Antonella: Twilight // Swan <3 Cullen. Parking Lotantonella87 on July 5th, 2008 09:14 am (UTC)
New Moon is gonna be so great on film, especially with all the voice-hallucinations and the volterra/italy part. And as someone else mentionned : the birthday party at the beginning! I have a feeling they'll probably edit the story so that Edward is still part of it ALOT. It's not gonna be as long as New Moon. They always cut out details from books-to-movie, this time it'll be in our favor! xD
wendy darling.toxicwaffles on July 5th, 2008 09:56 am (UTC)
Actually I'm not so sure.
I mean Twilight added an extra scene because it wasn't long enough.
How could they cut out alot in New Moon just to make sure Edward's in most of it, when Twilight had plenty of Edward scenes and was still not long enough?
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wendy darling.toxicwaffles on July 5th, 2008 09:54 am (UTC)
The only thing I fear about Twilight tanking at the box office is that MTV has all this damn media coverage.
I mean its pretty cool to have Twilight Tuesdays but with all this hype, im afraid they will put the movie on such a high pedestal you know?

Ever since I read Eclipse and the scene with Edward and Jacob in the tent I HAVE BEEN DYING TO SEE IT ON THE BIG SCREEN.

So Twilight and New Moon better kick butt or there will be hell to pay. -_-

I should've never thought of you.musicmind314 on July 5th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
All I gotta say is good luck to them with casting for New Moon.
asian_soulasian_soul on July 5th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
It's gonna do very well at the B.O for the first one. Go for the sequel... :)
tokyogirl08 on September 14th, 2008 08:10 am (UTC)
New Moon Movie
I really Hope that Twilight & New Moon does good,cause if not it will be a shame. The Books are just so fantastic’s and they deserve a good movie adaptation.
Hollywood don’t mess this up!!!! ^.^