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People Poll: Who should play Alec?

With Dakota Fanning tapped for the role of Volturi vampire Jane in Twilight sequel New Moon, the casting of Alec, Jane’s undead twin brother, is director Chris Weitz’s next challenge.

Compared to Jane, “his hair was darker, and his lips were not as full, but he was just as lovely,” writes author Stephenie Meyer of Alec in New Moon.

Possessing the ability to numb a victim’s senses, quiet but deadly Alec could be well-played by Tom Felton, best known as Harry Potter’s foe Draco Malfoy. Some other suggestions? High School Musical’s Lucas Grabeel could follow his serious turn in Milk with an even darker one as the bloodsucker. And French actor Gaspard Ulliel of Hannibal Rising would bring a terrifying pedigree to the character, while Freddie Highmore, who sweetly stole scenes in Willy Wonka and Finding Neverland, could bring out his bad side.

As two of the Volturi’s highest-ranking guards, Alec and Jane are fearsome foes of immortal Edward and his human love Bella, to be played again in New Moon by Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

Dakota Fanning Adds Twilight To Her Reading List

Long before rumors began to circulate about Dakota Fanning joining the “New Moon” cast, we here at MTV News wanted to know if 14-year-old Fanning was among the teenagers obsessed with the “Twilight” series.

Fanning, of course, being the busy working actress that she is, admitted that she’d heard about the vampire-book phenomenon but hadn’t yet found time to jump on the bandwagon.

“I haven’t read them, but I have a lot of friends that read them all the time,” she told MTV News in September while promoting “The Secret Life of Bees.” “They’re so excited about the movie. When I went to Comic-Con, ‘Twilight’ was there. I have to read these books now, ’cause everybody’s reading them, and I’m sure they’re fantastic.”

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America Ferrera as Emily Young?

Add America Ferrera to the long list of actresses who are supposedly up for a role in the Twilight sequel New Moon.

Following in the footsteps of Vanessa Hudgens and Dakota Fanning, the 24-year-old Ugly Betty actress has reportedly auditioned for the movie. Ferrera tried out for the part of Emily Young, fiancée to Sam Uley and second cousin to Leah Clearwater.

“I got to audition for New Moon today! For the role of Emily,” Crazy Days and Nights quotes the outspoken actress and snappy dresser as saying. “The casting director, you fans of the book will be glad to know, has read the books and loves them. And you can tell. His direction was spot on for the character. I loved the books. I would so love to be in the movie!!!”

Seems like a perfectly reasonable match. After all, Ferrera has had experience interacting with monstrous characters before.


Edi Gathegi and Barack Obama Share A Unique Thread

When Gathegi saw on the Internet that some “Twilight” fans were upset because he landed the role of Laurent, he told them that the character in the book was of olive complexion. “Listen, he retorted, ‘She [writer Stephenie Meyer] describes this character as being ‘olive-toned’ but there are many different types of olives. Black olives anyone [laughs]? Then the next day the fans read it and they became instant supporters and believers. As far as I’m concerned, black olives are the only olives in my world and the casting was perfect.”

Gathegi has a penchant for doing research before taking on a role. Before taking on his character “Twilight,” he did some studying of his own. “I did my own personal research. I was trying to—and this was never going to make it into the film because it was just too much— model parts of my character after Saint George (Monsieur de Saint-George) who was this famous black French man. He was a fencer and general of an army. He was a Renaissance man and very regal. And I thought maybe Laurent, in his human form, was like friends with this guy and that was the circle that he traveled in.”

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Twilight Saga: The Official Guide Release Date

There is now an official release date posted for the guide by Stephenie Meyer herself. (according to Barnes and Noble)


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