Holy shivers! I found this online article (dated Nov. 17) and OMG! I don't know if there's any truth to it. BUT HOLY COW!! Emily! WHY?!!!! wahahahaha
Hardwicke went so far as to audition Emily Browning, the leading online choice for the part of Bella. That was a dead end because Browning told the director she didn't know if she even wanted to keep acting. And for Browning, the idea of appearing in four films based on the books was completely out of the question.
Holy shivers! NOW, can it be told that EMILY was considered but she actually said NO??