Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Earlier this summer it was confirmed that the final installment of The Twilight Saga would be split into two films to .... have more time to tell the story of the conclusion of the series. It will cost Summit Entertainment a pretty penny to do so because the cast was only signed to four features – not that it matters considering how much Breaking Dawn will make from double-charging fans Harry Potter style.
At the Entertainment Tonight exclusive Emmy party on Sunday, ET correspondent Kate Gosselin was able to find out what new face will be joining the cast of Breaking Dawn. Rami Malek, who was on hand to celebrate The Pacific for which he starred in, will play an Egyptian vampire named Benjamin in part 2 of Breaking Dawn.
In the books, Benjamin is a cheerful character and friend of the Cullens. Better yet, he has the unique power of controlling the four elements and will easily become a fan-favorite character as he works with Bella to fight off the Volturi. Edward (Robert Pattinson) is especially fond of Benjamin as well due to is moral values, good nature, and sense of right and wrong.
The Egyptian coven, which includes Tia, Amun and Kebi, pay special attention to Benjamin because of his gifts and this is why Amun turned him in the first place, knowing his potential power.
Strangely enough, the LA-born Malek played the Egyptian pharaoh Ahkmenrah in Night at the Museum and its sequel, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
Rami Malek as the Egyptian non-vampire Ahkmenrah
Malek is excited to play a character who has an important role in the latter half of Breaking Dawn and isn’t shy about sharing his feelings.
“I think it’s going to be great… It’s going to be super exciting and I’m thrilled”
I was a fan of David Slade’s work on Eclipse where he made it the only film of the series so far I found to be enjoyable. Let’s hope Bill Condon can make Breaking Dawn 1 & 2 work for moviegoers outside of the Twilight fanbase.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 will arrive in theaters November 18th, 2011 and Part 2 will follow on November 16th, 2012.