Next year will bring the fourth and final entry in The Twilight Saga: the two-part movie event, Breaking Dawn.
Today we have a first teaser image for Breaking Dawn to share - one that will fill longtime fans of Stephenie Meyer's novels with exquisite joy and anticipation, while possibly hooking others with the lure of curiosity.
If you haven't read all the books cover to cover, here is the premise of Breaking Dawn as told by the film's official synopsis:
After their wedding, Bella and Edward travel to Rio de Janeiro for their honeymoon, where they finally give in to their passions. Bella soon discovers she is pregnant, and during a nearly fatal childbirth, Edward finally fulfills her wish to become immortal.
But the arrival of their remarkable daughter, Renesmee, sets in motion a perilous chain of events that pits the Cullens and their allies against the Volturi, the fearsome council of vampire leaders, setting the stage for an all-out battle.
Fans of The Twilight Saga books surely recognize the iconic scene that Condon is referencing with this image - but we will have to talk about it in a SPOILER FREE fashion so as not to ruin it for those not yet in the know!
BREAKING DAWN SPOILER BELOW!!!
In the Breaking Dawn novel, the scene pictured above occurs on the night that Bella (Kristen Stewart) and her vampire husband Edward (Robert Pattinson) finally consummate their union. Because of Edward's vampire strength, he ends up accidentally hurting Bella during the act of lovemaking and out of frustration (or passion) tears apart some of the pillows on the bed. Bella awakes satisfied only to find Edward somber and feathers from the pillows raining down everywhere.
Clearly the scene described above, along with the implications of the photo image, suggest that while Breaking Dawn will be rated PG-13, that rating will likely push the boundaries of sexuality in the same way that The Dark Knight stretched to the limit with violence and scares.
That said, the nature of this image also suggests that Bill Condon is really approaching this two-part film with an artistic eye; of all the promo images that could've been released, this one is a pitch-perfect teaser, in my opinion. It gets fans excited about their favorite part of the franchise (the steamy Edward/Bella romance), suggests something a little more beautiful and a little more naughty all at once, and, generally speaking, it's just a pretty image.
Aside from this infamous "love scene," Bella's birthing scene (in which her body is literally broken apart) is going to be another boundary-pusher for the teen crowd to see. However, I'm betting Condon has a way to make even THAT turn out as hauntingly beautiful and engaging as this image above. At least that's what I'm hoping...