Colombian actress Catalina Sandino Moreno has signed on to play Maria in “Eclipse,” the third film in “The Twilight Saga” that’s set to begin filming in less than a week. The Oscar-nominated star of “Maria Full of Grace,” 2004′s drama about a pregnant teenage drug mule, will tackle some decidedly less heavy subject matter a vampire who creates an army of newborn bloodsuckers, including future Cullen family member and then-Confederate soldier Jasper Hale (Jackson Rathbone). Jasper becomes a key member of the army, helping Maria conquer Mexican territories.
Though “Twilight” covered the back story of swoon-worthy teen vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), “Eclipse” delves deeper into the pasts of the rest of his vampire coven. On Wednesday, Jack Huston was announced as Royce King II, the human fiancé of Rosalie (Nikki Reed) who plays a key role in her transformation into a vampire.