In recent weeks, we’ve seen a ton of updates for the upcoming Twilight Saga movies including the announcement of David Slade directing The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse. With New Moon currently shooting and opening this fall, we can expect to hear plenty more updates on casting decisions as well as plenty of new rumors.

Well, it’s already started.

Melissa Rosenberg, screenwriter in charge of adapting Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels to the big screen, recently spoke a little bit about Edward Cullen’s increased role in her adaptation of New Moon and about who she’d like to play the “bad boy” vampire character Riley in Eclipse: Channing Tatum.

“There’s a very big battle at the end with Riley, and I think Channing would do that so well”

“And there are some complexities to that character… He really is tragic. He’s a puppet for Victoria [bad-girl vampire played by Rachelle Lefevre]. So he has to break your heart a little bit at the end when he realizes that she doesn’t want him. Channing could do that beautifully.”

I think someone’s got a crush on Mr. Tatum…

We haven’t even seen either of his two biggest movies this year (Public Enemies and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), yet I feel like I’ve seen Channing Tatum in everything recently – with his name popping up as a rumored candidate for every upcoming movie role there is. While his movie Fighting came out recently but wasn’t exactly a box office smash, we can still expect to see his face in the media a lot more later this summer.

I’m still waiting to see him play Captain America, Thor, Gambit and ever other superhero out there (he was rumored for all of these parts). I wonder if he’ll actually get this role in Eclipse.

For those Robert Pattinson fans out there, Rosenberg also spoke about the character of Edward Cullen. Despite his small role in New Moon, she said not to worry; she’s crafting the script to include him a lot more.

“In the book, he’s actually an enormous presence in [Bella’s] mind… he’s so present in her mind throughout the entire center of the book, so we really played off that, and it kept him alive in a slightly different way, but fans will feel it’s true to the book. You can’t have a Twilight without Rob Pattinson.”

So Twilight fans, what do you think of Channing Tatum as Riley?

New Moon opens this November 21, 2009 and The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse is scheduled to hit theaters next summer, June 30 2010.

Source: E! Online