Maggie Grace & Mackenzie Foy Joining ‘Breaking Dawn’ [Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated April 15th, 2014 at 11:18 am,

Updated: Mackenzie Foy has officially signed on to star in Breaking Dawn. See below for details.

The cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – the two-part finale to the successful franchise – is continuing to grow with the likes of Rami Malek and Lee Pace recently joining established franchise stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.

Today we’re hearing word of not one but two new additions to the Breaking Dawn cast in the form of Maggie Grace (Lost, Taken) and newcomer Mackenzie Foy (Flashforward, ‘Till Death). The pair will play a foe and friend (respectively) of Stewart’s character, Bella Swan.

First up we have Grace, who is confirmed to have joined Breaking Dawn‘s extensive cast. She will play Irina, “a member of the Denali coven, considered cousins to the Cullen clan as the only other “vegetarian” vampire group.” Fans of the Breaking Dawn book will know that, “when Irina blames the Cullens for the death of her lover, her actions set in motion a terrifying chain of events.”

Maggie Grace cast in Twilight Breaking Dawn Maggie Grace & Mackenzie Foy Joining Breaking Dawn [Updated]

Grace is making a great career for herself, with Lost officially putting her on the map. She’d acted in a few things before that but nothing that gave her the exposure that Lost did. Her first big role post-Lost was in the Liam Neeson thriller Taken (playing Neeson’s kidnapped daughter) and she has several more projects in the works, including the Dwayne Johnson action film Faster and a possible sequel to Taken. With her casting in Twilight she can now rest assured she has one of the most popular movie franchises of recent years on her résumé.

The second actress joining Breaking Dawn is 9-year-old Mackenzie Foy who, according to Entertainment Weekly, is “inches away” from signing on to play, [SPOILER ALERT!] “Renesmee, Edward and Bella’s vampire/human love child.”

Questions have arisen about how Foy will play the character, who ages ’17 years in the space of just seven.’ Some sources are speculating that director Bill Condon could employ similar technology used in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to digitally make Foy look younger/older.

Wouldn’t it be easier to get several actresses to play Renesmee at different ages? Just a suggestion.

Summit Entertainment and the filmmakers behind Breaking Dawn are remaining secretive about how they plan to have Foy play the character at different ages, but with The Twilight Saga‘s rabid following, I’m sure it won’t stay a secret for very long icon razz Maggie Grace & Mackenzie Foy Joining Breaking Dawn [Updated] .

Update: Twilight author Stephanie Meyer announced on Facebook that Mackenzie Foy has officially signed on to star as Renesmee in Breaking Dawn after being “inches away” from joining the cast. Meyer had this to say about the 9-year-old newcomer:

“Very excited about our new Renesmee, Mackenzie Foy… She’s an amazing young actress and I’m excited to work with her.”

It’s still unclear how exactly Summit is going to age Foy the amount that she does in the story but it’s still speculated that similar technology to that used in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button will be utilized, as well as other younger and older actresses maybe being hired.

The two-part Breaking Dawn epic is being written by Twilight franchise scribe Melissa Rosenberg, with the series switching up directors once again from Eclipse‘s David Slade to Bill Condon (Dreamgirls). With the fourth book apparently being a bit more adult than the previous three, I’m hoping for that tone to be transferred faithfully to the big-screen (as much as the PG-13 rating allows).

Part 1 of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn will be released (maybe in 3D, maybe not) on November 18th, 2011 with Part 2 following almost exactly a year later on November 16th, 2012.

Source: Deadline and Entertainment Weekly (Image source: Dani Brubaker)

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  1. Oh god. That girl looks freaky already lol!

  2. This might sound silly but the 4th book is where it all starts to fall apart. SPOILER a kid who is ages 17 in the space of 7? jacob “imprinting” on the baby? it jumps the shark here LOL

  3. That little girl is gorgeous and has the right amount of freaky-girl-vibe to play Renesmee (which is the dumbest name EVER!).

    • Well as dumb as it might seem to you..where she got the name from is very sweet and something you probably would of never been able to come up with.

  4. The last book was the best. I hope they do it justice on the big screen. Eclipse is the best movie so far thanks to David Slade but I am hoping Breaking Dawn will be even better.

  5. twi-hype is slowly dying the waites between elcipse and BD1 and BD1 and BD2 are draining intrest (no pun ontedned) slowly but sruly these 2 parts will not do as well and since hteir not joing the 3D bandwagon they have NO chance agaisnt harry potter and the deathly hallows now

  6. I’ve read all the books several times and correct me if i’m wrong but I’m pretty sure by the end of Breaking Dawn, Renesmee(I agree, stupid name)who was only technically about 6 months old looked about 2-3 years old. Where oh where is this 7-17 year old crap comming from?
    How is this going to work? The reason the Volturi came is because they claimed they were afraid she may be an immortal child and therefore should not be allowed to live, but if she were 17 years old they would not be able to use this as an excuse, it would ruin the entire premise of the final book.
    I found the whole Renesmee thing to be weird and creepy, that being said the movie needs to reflect the book as faithfully as possible or you may as well start adding aliens and zombies and realy make it interesting.

    • I totally agree if they keep up with the 7-17thingthere going to mess the whole movie up.

  7. @Alpine: The last book was the worst…not the best.

    @Emma Jones: I don’t think they meant that Renesmee would age that quickly in the movie, I think they were merely explaining how the character ages for those that haven’t read the book. I could be wrong though. I completely agree with the weird and creepy comment.

  8. I think she is beautiful. Obviously she was wanting to play this part.. so they wouldnt send glamor shot photos. She isnt creepy at all. She is stunning.

  9. i think they need to age ger DOWN for the baby party but at the end of the book she is only suppost to look like a toddler not a grown child. so all the need to do is make her look a bit younger and maybe make her look as she does now at the end of the movie. she looks really young and could pull it off. as far as people saying the twilight craz is dieing down….. the only thing i can see were you might be right is the fact that they took SOOOO long in getting breaking dawn started. they should have been closer together and should not wait a hole nother year to release part 2 since they are filming all at once what is wrong with them releasing them 6 months apart? rather then a year. its stupid. but as soon as it does come out people will flock to see it just to see the end of the twilight movies. a LOT of people have been waiting on this movie as long as they dont bust part one people will go see it again and def. be ther for part 2. there isnt much on the sites about the movie because summit WONT let any news come out yet. its still to early! 3D wouldnt be the greatest thing to do for the movies as far as the birth goes but i think seeing bella grow in her powers at the final show down would be an awsome thing to show if they actually show the “bubble” she puts over everyone to protect them. and the amazons and their “pictures”.

    • her( not ger) and part(not party), there( not ther)

  10. Mackenzie,u r too….cute…n m dying to c the film n ur acting….