Is Vanessa Hudgens Joining ‘New Moon?’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated January 14th, 2009 at 11:29 am,

vanessa hudgens image Is Vanessa Hudgens Joining New Moon?UPDATE: Vanessa Hudgens will NOT be joining the cast of New Moon.

From Entertainment Weekly via SHH!:

“Sources inside Summit Entertainment and Hudgens’ camp tell EW that the filmmakers aren’t looking at the star (best known as High School Musical’s Gabriella Montez) for any role in the soon-to-be-shooting Twilight followup.”

Original post continues…

Just when you thought the Twilight franchise couldn’t possibly get anymore appealing to the intended demographic… News has come out regarding the anticipated vampire sequel New Moon that High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens is possibly being cast in the role of Leah Clearwater, a character described as “a feisty werewolf.”

The reaction to the news/rumor that Hudgens has auditioned for the role has been mixed, with some web commenters saying things like, “I cannot picture her being mean or aggressive as Leah,” and, “…Of course she can’t look like Leah — no one can. You know why? ‘Cause it’s just a book, and these are actors trying to portray the roles! I think she would be great.” “Twilight actress Ashley Greene spoke positively of the notion commenting, “I think she’d be great.”

Yeah, but doesn’t a potential fellow cast member have to say that?

Since I haven’t read the original books I can’t comment either way on whether or not Hudgens would be a good pick to play the role. I then have to go purely on descriptions given (such as “feisty werewolf”) and simply whether or not I think Hudgens is a good fit for the next instalment in the movie franchise.

And I am definitely on the “poor choice” side of the fence.

I just can’t see her portraying what is supposed to be a “mean and aggressive” werewolf – she just seems too delicate and cutesy for that kind of thing.

However from a money-making point of view I can totally see why the studio would consider casting her. She’s already a huge draw because of the ludicrously popular High School Musical franchise and it therefore would bring any of those devoted fans (and I don’t need to tell you there are legions of them) over to the Twilight franchise (although most of those are probably fans of it already).

Personally I don’t like the direction they’re taking this franchise with the next installment - first they get rid of Catherine Hardwicke as director and replace her with someone else (I can’t quite figure out why they did that, giving the job to the director of the not very well received The Golden Compass - Hardwicke did a perfectly good job translating it onto the big-screen), then they push for a late 2009 release date effectively rushing the production of it and now they are thinking about casting someone simply because of their popularity.

Is it just me or does this collectively all sound a bit iffy?

Whatever happens, Hudgens or no Hudgens, New Moon is going to make just as much, if not more, than the first film – which did very well especially considering it was just an introduction to a new movie franchise. It looks like the studio has really struck gold with these books.

So what do you make of Hudgens possibly being cast as Leah Clearwater – think she’s a good fit for the character?

New Moon is set to hit theatres on November 20th this year.

Source: MTV

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  1. they switched the director cuz the first one couldn’t get it done within the time limit and i dont think that vanessa could play leah. she just to nice. leah has to be aggressive and stand for what she believes in and does what she thinks is best. shes not afraid to speak her mind and vanessa is just not right for that part.

  2. i think vanessa would NOT be a good leah.it will turn out that leah will be CUTE LEAH.shes ssssooo…her face is so cute!!!i read the book and i think that vanessa… its not the best character for her!

  3. i do not think that hudgens would make a good leah. yes, she is gorgeous and all but i agree with i cant picture her mean. i have read all the books and her personality doesnt seem to fit. i completely agree 100% with the writer of this article. the actors in twilight werent extremely well known. yes some of them have been in tv shows and in other movies but they werent as known as hudgens or fanning is now. they need to stick with the same type of casting and i dont think im gonna like the way the new director is taking this, which makes me very sad. i hope im worng, i hope its a great movie. ill still go see, probably more than once. i just hope it lives up to my expectations.

  4. when i picture leah i dont picture a really pretty girl either. i picture a kind of plain girl. so someone of hudgen’s beauty wouldnt fit. thats just my opinion.

  5. I agree with EmmaLee that Twilight should not start being compared to High School Musical, first because thats annoying, twilights already being compared to harry potter and now HSM, and secondly, because everyone knows the answer, twilight is obviously better than harry potter.

  6. I agree with EmmaLee that Twilight should not start being compared to High School Musical, first because thats annoying, twilights already being compared to harry potter and now HSM, and secondly, because everyone knows the answer, twilight is obviously better than harry potter. Twilight Rules!!!!!!!!

  7. No. Vanessa hudgens just CANNOT play leah. it wouldnt…..it just wouldnt work. Leah is supposed to be older. And……vanessa just doesnt fit. at all.

  8. I think Vanessa Hudgens would be perfect for the role, that is if they are trying to alienate and isolate the older auidence. Its bad enough that they changed directors because the director of twilight refused to rush new moon and eclipse filming them at the same time, instead of wanting to spend time making them better then twilight. If that wasn’t enough they are trying to squeeze as much money out of it as possible, rather then staying true to the book. Its bad enough that they have edward dolls, and other products aimed at the tween market. Its embarrising for anyone over the age of 18 to be seen with the book. Vanessa is just trying to prove she is a diverse actor like daniel radcliff in his nude on stage role

  9. People, I don’t know why Vanessa wouldn’t be a good Leah Clearwater..
    She’s a great actress, she’s pretty, and she definitly has talent that I don’t think any of you notice…
    And please, stop making fun of her…
    That really hurts me, and to see her have to suffer through all of her old fans making fun of her, thats just horrible…

  10. i think that vanessa is a great actress as well and she is gorgeous. she just doesnt fit the roll how leah was portrayed in the book. in my opinion hudgens is too pretty to play this character

  11. she would would ruin the movie completly and it would suck as much as fire proof and i love leah! and she doesnt deserve to work with my taylor or rob or any one else she can go die in hole!

  12. no please dont put her in the movie i woudnt watch it and i love leah

  13. i love leah!

  14. OMFG!!!!
    if they cast vanessa hudgens in new moon im not seeing it! they are gonna completley ruin this series!! cast someone unknown as leah. it will be soooooo much better! this series doesnt suit her! what is with them and attempting to cast really well known people into these movies. USE UNKNOWN PEOPLE!!!! twilights actors and actresses were really good. lets keep it that way.

  15. vanessa hudgens can go die in a hole!

  16. I REALLLLYYYYY hope they don’t cast her!! this is not another stupid disney movie and she will COMPLETELY RUIN IT!

  17. I’m a young reader of Twilight and I definitely don’t think she would be able to play the part. She doesn’t have that angry side to her. I also wouldn’t want to see Hudgens in this movie simply because I see and hear too much of her everywhere. One part of the movie I love is that it is all relatively unknown (well, used to be)actors. I think Vanessa would spoil the world of Twilight with her presence.

  18. I think that they should cast non-established actors in these movies since the focus is entirely on Edward and Bella, or Jacob and Bella ALL THE TIME! If they use well-known actors they will want more screen time and take the focus off of them and that is WRONG! They should use unknown actors to give them a chance to rise in their careers since these movies are so hot!

  19. BTW my opinion is NO Vanessa!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. I Think she SHOULDNT be playing the role of Leah. She will kill the whole movie and no one would even enjoy it anymore. She doesn’t fit in after being an actress of some kid’s movie. She Will RUIN THE WHOLE THING!!! I’ll be soooooooooo Mad if she’s in there.

  21. It bothers me so much to think that Vanessa Hudgens was even considered for this role. It just isn’t right. Everyone is right…she would completely ruin it. Everyone on here who is defending her are probably the little kids who would love Disney to combine with more adult stuff so they can act older and pretend to be teens. I hate Disney and EVERYBODY involved with Disney! Vanessa Hudgens needs to stick with her skanky, rich, snobby self where in her life everything is just perfect. I mean she has everything she could ever want. Why ruin the one good thing we are all looking forward to?!

  22. BTW:
    I agree with previous comments…she probably would have some dumb song in the movie or soundtrack. I would be so mad!

  23. Why would anybody consider her for THIS role? She does not have acting skills, and if shes with in the movie, then she’ll have one of her stupid song there too. They should get someone that looks native american, NOT chinese! Plus, doesn’t disney own her ass?

  24. GREAT! Now we can get the Jonas brother to play Aro, Marcus and Caius, and Miley can play Jane, oh and throw in Zac Efron to play Alec! I HATE disney stars!

  25. No way…not the hsm girl..uh uh! sry if i offend you hsm peeps. member it’s just an opinion. 1.) vanessa is Girly! leah is like me… i think.lol not girly..(rite?) 2.) it wood b very bad that disney kids wood star in this muture..(dunno how 2 spell it. im stupid) movey.
    well..besided Taylor (shark boy and lava girl) no more disney kids..it messes all of the movey up…sry it’s soo long. but yah..thats my story…:D dont get mad..plz it’s only opinions..i dont like fites..well that include me..lol

  26. omg no way! hudgens’ makes me sick!

  27. I think V would be great for the role. i think she can tap in to her inner bitchy-ness LOL. But then again Leah WASNT even that mean at all. i just thought of her a a bitter b****!

  28. Venessa hudgens would never be a good actress to play leah.
    Leah is hard person to play because she is a tough girl
    On the other hand, venessa is a goody too shoes and she is not capable of doing a good job of this role and leah.
    And if she was in the movie new moon
    i would not see it, cause she is a crappy actress and singer.

  29. What the hell are they thinking?! Vanessa Hudgens? ugh, this will make me sick, becuase they don’t have enough devoted fans.. but they need the HSM ones too? Vanessa is so annoying, her voice makes me want to puke. she will NOT fit the role of leah and i hope that they come to their senses and choose someone more suitable for the role and not some wanna-be p0rn star. *roll-eyes* next thing ya know they’ll have freaking xac efron as ARO!(exageration). HAHAHAHHA, the fact that they even thought of casting her is absolutely and utterly hilarious and really and truely is a pathetic attempt at popularity(populatrity which they obviously don’t need) becuase twilight is already an obsession in it’s self without some goody goody actress to ruin it all.
    my opinion only though.
    although it seems to be the majorities opinion anyway.