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. NO F-ING WAY!
    WHY WUD WE WANT HSM FANS (“OOOH ZAC EFFRON I LOOOOOOVE YOU!!!”)
    TWILIGHT HAS A BIG ENUFF FANDOM WITHOUT 8 YEAR OLDS SCREAMING THAT THEY’VE LOVE TWILIGHT 4EVA WEN THEYT ONLY JUST SAW IT BCUZ THEY KNOW SOME1 IN IT AND THEY HAVE A SLIGHTLY WIERD OBSESSION WITH THEM. QUITE GLAD SHES NOT GONNA PLAY LEAH, SHE CANT ACT AND IS REEEEEEAAAAAALLY ANNOYING. PUURRRLEAAASE…..

  2. hey
    stop trying to hook up with robert pattinson
    i think that why u want to join twilight

    i bet zac is angry

    hahahaha
    :):):):):)

  3. Ok, this is crazy!! Vanessa Hudgens would SUCK. Firstly, she would ruin the film and belongs to high school musical NOT twilight!!! People these days, fame and money goes up to their heads!

  4. I think she would do well, i’d sorta imagined Leah like her, maybe not as tall though, but def. dark and mysterious as V.

  5. oh hell no..
    V is not nice

  6. i would never see her a leah!have theese people read series are just ask random people of the street.

  7. i would never see her as leah!have these people read the seriesor not.mine as well put stephanie meyer in charge.

  8. on top of that i dont like her either …..nice music but not nice additued

  9. I can’t wait 2 c New Moon. I luv da first one and hope 2 luv da second one!!!!

  10. I hate Vanessa I would never want her 2 b in dat movie!

  11. Hell no, If they put V in the next movie it is going to suck worse then the first one. If they want an actress for V it should be someone who was not part of high school musical, because all of that crap is so stupid. V SHOULD NOT BE L

  12. Also TEAM JACOB ALL THE WAY, but my opions may change if I see Vanasa Hudgens in any of the Twilight saga movies I will totally go for Team Edward

  13. I think V iss gooing to be the best…V–you are soo good..

    XOXO YOU ARE NR:1 4ever

  14. Oh god no. She may look like a wolf, but defs no for New moon. She’d ruin everything!

  15. VANNESA WOULD RUIN THE MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHE IS ONLY GOOD FOR DISNEY NOT FOR THE TWILIGHT MOVIE’S!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHE WOULD JUST DISTRACT VIEWERS FROM WHAT IS GOING ON OR THE MAIN CHARACTERS… CATHERINE WOULD NOT LET THIS HAPPEN TO THE TWILIGHT MOVIES OR TO RUIN LEAH CLEARWATERS REPUTATION AS A FISETY MEAN WEREWOLF OR EVEN TO STEPHINE AND HER “BABIES”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DON’T LET VANNESA RUIN TWILIGHT AND TWILIGHT’S SUPER OBSESSIVE FANS!!!! (YES ONE OF THEM IS ME) SO DO NOT LET VANNESA RUIN TWILIGHT NEW MOON ECLIPSE AND BREAKING DAWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. vanessa would ruin the movie…
    alot of people wont go and see it…
    she’s a joke… not a real actress!!!

  17. Oh comon i dont think she’s so bad….
    i think she will do just fine…
    umm…i think the movie will be the same with her or without her so no big deal… honestly i think ill be great..
    So go on team take her in!

  18. omg i swear if V gets cast as L then it will make twilight so crap, apart from that she cant act and a crap singer, she is so wrong for the role. L is fiesty and sometime anoying in a cute vunerable way and V is so so so wrong. come on casting director gets some bludy glasses.

    TWILIGHT SAGA IS AWSUM!!!!!

  19. She already has HSM 1,2&3!! Why ruin the best on screen romance of all time?!?!

  20. i love new moon but not her i hate u Vanessa Hudgens stay away from new moon !!!!!!!!!! go robert and
    all of u in new moon i could not get twighlihght out if my head that how much i loved it :)

  21. i think vanessa is to chessy she would come in singing and leah is moody and rude vanessa is a goody two shoes she would suck and if she played her i wouldnt go see it

    haha i would have twilight withdrawl but i can survive with just books :L

  22. i can NOT see her being a werewolf and i hope i dont because i really dont like her!!

  23. i can NOT see her being a werewolf and i hope i dont because i really dont like her!!

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