[Update: We now have more pics of the Volturi to share!]
All right you twi-hards (I know you’re out there), we’ve got some great news for you. Not only has the final cast list for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse been confirmed, but we’ve rounded up some new pictures of the malevolent Volturi from The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Let’s start with Eclipse.
To accompany stalwart Twilight veterans Robert Pattinson (playing Edward Cullen) and Kristen Stewart (playing Bella Swan), Eclipse has added a number of new actors to its mix. Among the newbies are Xavier Samuel as Riley, Catalina Sandino Moreno as Maria, Jack Huston as Royce King, Julia Jones as Leah, BooBoo Stewart as Seth, and Jodelle Ferland as Bree. Bryce Dallas Howard will also be joining the cast as Victoria, controversially replacing actress Rachelle Lafevre. Eclipse was written by screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and is being directed by David Slade.
For those who need a little primer on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which is the third film in the Twilight series, here’s a description of the film from Summit Entertainment’s official press release.
In THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life.
Check out the complete cast list (from the same press release) below:
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE Cast List
Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan
Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen
Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black
Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen
Peter Facinelli as Dr. Carlisle
Elizabeth Reaser as Esme Cullen
Kellan Lutz as Emmett Cullen
Nikki Reed as Rosalie Hale
Jackson Rathbone as Jasper Hale
Chaske Spencer as Sam Uley
Bronson Pelletier as Jared
Alex Meraz as Paul
Kiowa Gordon as Embry Call
Tyson Houseman as Quil Ateara
Gil Birmingham as Billy Black
Tinsel Korey as Emily
Bryce Dallas Howard as Victoria
Cameron Bright as Alec
Charlie Bewley as Demetri
Daniel Cudmore as Felix
Dakota Fanning as Jane
Additional Returning Cast Members
Billy Burke as Charlie Swan
Sarah Clarke as Renee Dwyer
Anna Kendrick as Jessica
Michael Welch as Mike
Christian Serratos as Angela
Justin Chon as Eric
New Cast Members
Xavier Samuel as Riley
Catalina Sandino Moreno as Maria
Jack Huston as Royce King
Julia Jones as Leah Clearwater
BooBoo Stewart as Seth Clearwater
Jodelle Ferland as Bree
If you’d like to put some of those names to faces, check out this image gallery from MTV. In the meantime, flip to the next page for a look at Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, and the rest of the Volturi in New Moon.
From what I understand, the Volturi are a pretty serious bunch of vampires. Don’t believe me? Just check out these pictures below. You’re telling me those beady red eyes don’t freak you out? By the way, in case you were wondering, I’m being facetious. While the Volturi have a look that is more consistent with the popular conception of vampires, i.e. pale white with long, draping black clothing, they’re still nowhere near as creepy as my all-time favorite vampire (Nosferatu).
On second thought, they’re not even as creepy as Kiefer Sutherland in Lost Boys. At least they’re more menacing than the doughy-eyed Edward. Yeah, yeah, I know. He’s not supposed to be menacing, but he’s still a vampire, isn’t he? He should look a little frightening, right? I digress.
Anyway, the Volturi are described as “a venerable coven of vampires who weigh and impose the laws of the vampire world.” Oh yeah, and they’re Italian. The leader of the Volturi is Aro, who is played by the very talented actor Michael Sheen – as can be seen in the first picture. Moving downward, we see Dakota Fanning as Jane and Jamie Campbell Bower as Caius. Skip to the next page for pictures of Cameron Bright as Alec and Christopher Heyerdahl as Marcus, along with an image scan from People Magazine showing Dakota Fanning and Robert Pattinson.
Hat tip to Dread Central for putting all of these pictures together in one place.
As promised, here are the rest of the pictures, including Cameron Bright as Alec, Christopher Heyerdahl as Marcus, and an exclusive first look from People Magazine.
(continue to pg. 3 for the clearer versions of People Magazine‘s Volturi photos!)
UPDATE: Here are better versions of the new Volturi images!
So what do you think Twilighters? Are you more excited than ever to head out to theaters for The Twilight Saga: New Moon?