After the rumor that Vanessa Hudgens was going to star in the upcoming Twilight sequel New Moon (which was soon thereafter labeled false), we have another rumor about the film. Still about casting and still about a female, only this time it's... Dakota Fanning.
According to E!, the 14 year old is in talks to play Jane, a character described "as a petite blonde with a "Botticelli angel-like face…[and] crimson irises," in a casting notice that was released earlier this month.
"Jane is a member of Italy's Volturi, the most deadly group of bloodsucking killers in author Stephenie Meyer's' best-selling series," says Yahoo Movies.
What's perhaps most interesting about this is that it's rumored that Fanning didn't even have to audition for the role - she was just offered it:
"There were no auditions," a source reveals. "They just offered it to her outright, and now they're in negotiations. They've been going back and forth."
What's also quite interesting is that there was a petition set up by a Twilight fan proposing to Summit Entertainment that they cast Fanning in the role as she would be "perfect." Is that just a coincidence?
Unlike the Vanessa Hudgens rumor, I think this is a great idea. Although as I said in the previous rumor post, I haven't read any of the books and therefore am not familiar with the characters, I still think mainly from the description of the character (given above), that she suits it quite perfectly.
And Fanning is a great little actress, she's shown in that in the past already with the likes of Man on Fire, I Am Sam and War of the Worlds that she has the talent to carry her far. She's only 14 right now (15 next month) but give her another five to ten years and I think she could possibly be A-list.
I'm glad the Hudgens rumor was outed as bogus (thinking about that again - it really would have been a bad idea) and even if this one ends up being untrue as well it still shows the studio is turning the franchise in a better direction than they were heading.
So, Twilight fans: Do you think Fanning would be a good fit for the role of Jane?
New Moon is set to be released on November 20th this year.
Sources: Yahoo News, E! Online and ComingSoon.net