Xavier Samuel Cast as Riley in ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 6:32 pm,

They sure don’t waste any time over at Summit Entertainment. Just one day after Screen Rant reported on speculation that Harry Potter actor Tom Felton might snag the coveted role of Riley in Eclipse, the third film in the massively popular Twilight Saga, The Hollywood Reporter has reported that the part has gone to Xavier Samuel, a relative newcomer out of Australia.

According to IMDB, Samuel has appeared in a handful of films in Australia. Eclipse will mark Samuel’s American debut.

I wonder if young Mr. Samuel realizes just how absolutely insane his life just became. The casting of an unknown actor to fill out the Twilight universe is no big surprise. Before Robert Pattinson landed the prime role of Edward in the first Twilight film, the actor’s best known work was as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter. Now, the guy is on the cover of every teen magazine in the world. I guess that’s the trade off: deal with bloodsucking vampires on screen and blood sucking media in the real world.

So, what’s the big takeaway from this casting news? Well, if you’re not a fan of Twilight, nothing at all really. You can continue to live your life ignoring the hordes of screaming pre-teen girls (unless you’re going to Comic-Con of course.) If you do like Twilight, however, then Eclipse just added one more pretty young face to its rapidly expanding cast of vampires, werewolves, and other mythical beasts.

What do you think? Better than Channing Tatum and Tom Felton?

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is slated to begin filming August 17, 2009 and will hit theaters on June 30, 2010.

Source: THR

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  1. Nothing official from Summit yet so I’m crossing my fingers this is fake. Dont get me wrong, the guy looks the part but I’d love to see Felton get the job.

  2. good riddance, i say. give the guy the part and leave tom felton out of this train wreck of a movie. tom is and will always be the ice prince of slytherin, draco malfoy. no effin way he’s going to be dragged as a sparkling vampire boytoy!

  3. totally 100% agree with rowans comment above ^^^

  4. well, this might be a rumour, but he’s pretty hot.
    and he’s aussie!! yay now i have a very small and tiny link between myself and rob pattinson :)

  5. He’s from my hometown 😀

    I’ve seen him before in a stage production and he’s a great actor. I saw the play twice

    Anyway… I’m glad that’s it someone not recognisable. If Tom Felton got it, throughout the movie I’d be saying “Hey look! Its Draco” the entire time.

    Good luck to him :)

  6. I thought the new harry potter movie was nasty, go vote in the official poll!! tinyurl.com/pottervote

  7. I saw the play too! I really hope he gets the part. Xavier looks more like how I pictured Riley than Tom does, but we’ll see how it ends up, I guess.

  8. I like Channing Tatum for Riley better. He is who I always picture in my head when reading Eclipse.

  9. I no him lol and he is aussie lol he is my cousins friend lol you rock samuel!!

  10. He is so gergeous. I like him. And I’m very interest with him at first sight. Congratulation Xavier

  11. I love xzaver samule sooooooooooooo. Much.