Friday, August 7, 2009

Cast Gathering for Eclipse


VANCOUVER - Vancouver Twi-hards are still waiting for Twilight saga stars Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen) and Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan) to arrive, but many of the other cast members are already here to begin rehearsing for the shooting of Eclipse.

Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black), Kellan Lutz (Emmet), Nikki Reed (Rosalie) and Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen) are already in town and have been photographed by relentless paparazzi and fans in the airport Monday and strolling downtown in the days since.

Stewart remains in Los Angeles to wrap production of The Runaways, in which she plays tough-as-nails 80s rocker Joan Jett.

Pattinson is in New York City shooting Remember Me. Even in the Big Apple, Pattinson has had a hard time shaking Twilight fans, who chased him into traffic where he was grazed by a taxi cab.

Rehearsals for the new film - based on the third instalment of the Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer - will begin next week.

Filming is scheduled to get underway Aug. 17, but that could change. Rehearsals for New Moon went so quickly that shooting began a week early.

New Moon production took place in a variety of locations around Metro Vancouver, including Port Coquitlam, Surrey and Tofino on Vancouver Island. All those will be used again for Eclipse, but the storyline will require an urban backdrop, so look for shoots in the heritage district of downtown Vancouver, the only place in B.C. that could stand in for Seattle.

Busy 14-year-old actor Jodelle Ferland announced on Twitter Wednesday that she has accepted a role in the film and gained 2,500 new followers over the next 24 hours.

The Nanaimo-born Ferland appeared the creepy thriller Silent Hill, which grossed nearly $100 million. Ferland worked with Twilight saga lead Kristen Stewart on the 2007 feature The Messenger.

She has recently completed work on Case 39 with Rene Zellweger. Ferland is believed to have the role of Bree, a recently turned vampire bent on revenge.

Fellow Canadian Rachelle Lefevre was dumped from her role as Victoria, in favour of American actor Bryce Dallas Howard.

**Picture is of Taylor & Nikki in Vancouver for Eclipse.

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