When director Bill Condon signed on to direct Breaking Dawn, the two-part final chapter in the Twilight Saga, he inherited a cast predominantly made up of actors chosen by other filmmakers. EW is reporting that Condon has now made his first casting contribution to the franchise and that actor Lee Pace is in negotiations to join Breaking Dawn.

Pace is probably best known for his role on the short-lived television series Pushing Daisies, where he played a pie maker with the unique ability to bring dead things back to life with his touch. He was most recently seen in this summer’s live-action adaptation of Marmaduke (sigh) and has also had supporting roles in A Single Man and When In Rome.


While Summit Entertainment has yet to officially confirm his involvement with Breaking Dawn, Pace evidently became their top pick for the role of Garrett after an impressive audition. I’m not even going to pretend I know anything about that character, but apparently EW‘s description of him being Edward’s best friend is incorrect. Fans were quick to point out that Garrett is actually a nomadic vampire who helps the Cullen clan take on the Volturi. I hope that makes sense to our resident Twi-hards because it certainly doesn’t mean a thing to me.

My ignorance of all things Twilight aside, I think Pace is a talented actor who’s one good role away from being a much bigger deal. If nothing else, Breaking Dawn would provide him a far greater level of exposure than anything he’s done previously. I’ve only recently been introduced to Pushing Daisies but it’s a really entertaining show and Pace is a big part of that.

The Twilight movies are an easy target for anyone outside of its core fan base but there’s no denying it means an awful lot to a great number of people. I couldn’t even get through more than a couple minutes of the first two movies, but apparently Eclipse was a much better effort than its predecessors.  Condon’s involvement with Breaking Dawn suggests similar improvements may be in store for the final two-part entry. For those of you familiar with the books, do you think Pace is a good choice for Garrett?

The first part of Breaking Dawn hits theaters on November 18th, 2011. Part 2 arrives in November 2012.

Source: Entertainment Weekly.