The new casting company in charge of New Moon has announced they are looking for Native Americans.
“For months, Twilight fans have been sending us their submissions for the Native American roles in “New Moon,” despite the fact that we have announced on several occasions that we are not casting it.
(We did put out an open casting call for some of the Native American roles in “Twilight,” but since the sequel is shooting in Vancouver, we knew that new casting companies would come on board to hire the actors.)
We’re very excited to announce that the wonderful and supremely qualified René Haynes is helming the Native American casting on “New Moon”…AND she wants to hear from everyone who fits the qualifications of the roles.”
Go here for more info.
EW online has an article on 2009 being the year of the werewolf on the big screen:
Take a gander at the big screen this year because you’re likely to spy a full moon. If 2008 marked a comeback for the vampire, the next 12 months belong to the werewolf. On Jan. 23, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans showcases the woolly beasts, while a furrier-than-usual Hugh Jackman returns in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (May 1). Later this year, Benicio Del Toro stars in The Wolfman (Nov. 6), and in the Nov. 20 Twilight sequel New Moon, heroine Bella moons over werewolf Jacob.
Read it all here!
iFmagazine.com has a new article confirming Edi Gathegi will be in New Moon!
THE SKINNY: While speaking about his role as a Sheriff Deputy in the new horror film MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3-D (which opens this Friday), actor Edi Gathegi confirmed to iF Magazine that he will indeed be in the new TWILIGHT sequel NEW MOON reprising his role as the vampire Laurent set to commence under director Chris Weitz.
“Yes, I am in the movie,” Gathegi tells iF.
Check it out here!
New Moon ranked number 16 on moviefone’s list of the Best Movie Bets of 2009.
“Why It’ll Be Big: ‘Twilight’ was barely in theaters when this sequel was greenlit. Despite mixed reviews, the original raked in cash, so Bella and the boys will rise again. This time, she’s separated from her vampire love and falls for a werewolf. A new director (Chris Weitz) and intricate storyline should give the franchise new bite.”
Check out the complete list here.
MTV has a short interview with Jackson (Jasper)
“I actually have not read it [the script],” Rathbone recently told MTV about the “Twilight” sequel “New Moon” during an exclusive interview — we caught up with him this week for a concert by the actor’s side-project band, 100 Monkeys. “They have not yet released the script. So I’m still waiting on that, but I assume it’s going to be pretty fantastic.”
When we asked Rathbone about the controversies surrounding new director Chris Weitz replacing “Twilight” filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke, his reply was simple and honest, just like something you might hear from his character Jasper Hale. “Oh, that’s one of those things that’s kind of a whole political side of the acting thing, you know?” he shrugged. “I really don’t know much about [the change in directors]; I’m just an actor.”
Read it all here!
**Thanks to Joe for the tip!
Lana Veenker (the principle casting director for Twilight) updated her blog with news about New Moon casting!
Overview of what she talks about:
» LA Casting Company Has Been Hired
» Vancouver Casting Company Soon to Be Announced
» LA Casting Breakdown Published
» Casting Company Hired to Cast Native American Roles
» Casting Tips
» Extras Casting in Vancouver and LA
» Casting in Italy
Read it all here!
Summit-Entertainment has posted the Taylor as Jacob official press release on their site:
“I’m very happy that Taylor will be playing Jacob Black in NEW MOON and that he’s doing so with the enthusiastic support of Summit, the producers and Stephenie Meyer,” said Weitz. “The characters in Stephenie’s books go through extraordinary changes of circumstance and also appearance; so it is not surprising that there has been speculation about whether the same actor would portray a character who changes in so many surprising ways throughout the series. But it was my first instinct that Taylor was, is, and should be Jacob, and that the books would be best served by the actor who is emotionally right for the part.”
“My experience on TWILIGHT was wonderful and I am looking forward to continuing on with the team for NEW MOON,” said Lautner. “I have been working hard preparing for the physicality that this role will require and can’t wait to get started with the filming of NEW MOON.”
Read it all here!
Stephenie has just added this to her site:
Good news about New Moon from director Chris Weitz:
“I’m very happy to announce that Taylor Lautner will be playing Jacob Black in New Moon and that he’s doing so with the enthusiastic support of Summit Entertainment, the producers, and Stephenie Meyer.
The characters in Stephenie’s books go through extraordinary changes of circumstance and also appearance; so it is not surprising that there has been speculation about whether the same actor would portray a character who changes in so many surprising ways throughout the series. But it was my first instinct that Taylor was, is, and should be Jacob, and that the books would be best served by the actor who is emotionally right for the part. I think that fans of Twilight the book and the movie will be surprised by the Jacob Black that Taylor will bring to the screen in New Moon; and I’m looking forward to working with him and the rest of the cast in realizing the film.
I’d just like to add that I was very much a part of this decision. My first priority was always what was best for New Moon—what was going to give us the best possible movie. I’m truly thrilled that Taylor was the one who proved to the director, to Summit, and to me that he is the best possible Jacob we could have. And I’m very much looking forward to seeing what he’s going to bring to Jacob’s character this year.
EW has a new article on Taylor and New Moon movie
This week, Summit is expected to announce its decision for the next film based on Stephenie Meyer’s wildly successful series of vampire romance novels…. “…It’s really a question of whether or not the same actor can play the role.” Rosenberg is quick to add, however, that ”everyone would love to keep him. We all think he’s the loveliest person ever.”
Recently, there have been rumors that Michael Copon (The Scorpion King 2) and Steven Strait (10,000 BC) are jockeying for Lautner’s spot. But you can chalk that up to empty Web noise: Reps for both actors say neither has been approached for the role.
Read it all here!
Summit Entertainment, through HollywoodChicago.com, has released the list of information for all of their 2009 movie releases, most importantly New Moon movie:
Release date: November 20, 2009
Cast: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
Directed by: Chris Weitz
Written by: Melissa Rosenberg
Synopsis: Bella Swan is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black. Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested.
See them all here!