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***July 7, 2007 Update***
I am very excited to announce that Twilight has been optioned by Summit Entertainment (http://www.summit-ent.com/). The deal with MTV Film (and friends) lapsed in April, and since that time my agents and I have been negotiating with Summit on a great contract that I think will really protect the story. The people at Summit seem quite enthusiastic about doing Twilight the right way, and I'm looking forward to working with them. The story will be optioned for the next fifteen months, when Summit will have the opportunity to buy the property. I will keep you updated on any developments as soon as I find out about them.
Meanwhile, years have passed, my actors have aged, and I think the time has come to recast the Twilight Movie. (For fun, of course! I still have no say in who gets hired.)
The most disappointing thing for me is losing my perfect Edward. Henry Cavill is now twenty-four-years-old. Let us have a moment of quiet in which to mourn...
Okay, moving on. I'm not willing to relinquish Henry completely; since I hear that Charlie Hunnam refuses to consider scripts which include vampires, I propose that Henry play Carlisle! (Would Henry dare to find out if blondes DO have more fun??
Then who will play Edward? I don't have the perfect answer. I've seen some nice suggestions, but keep in mind a few reality checks: I'm not considering anyone over 21 (sorry Gaspard Ulliel fans!), or anyone who isn't a real actor (which is terribly sad, considering the beauty of models like Kevin Flamme, Jeremy Dufour, and Thomas Beaudoin; this counts out all the lead singers, too, Gerard Way lovers.).
Realistic options include actors like Tom Sturridge.
And keep a close eye on the rising generation of actors (remember, even best case scenario it will be quite a while before any filming begins)—boys like Logan Lerman who have a lot of pretty potential.
Or, for Jacob, Tyler Posey.
That's as far as I've gotten in my personal recasting. The lexicon has a great forum for suggesting your favorite actors.
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Before I go any further, I need to put in a big disclaimer:
*** My opinions on the movie matter to no one. I have no influence on what goes on with the movie at all. No one is going to ask who I think should star in Twilight.***
***As you might infer from the first disclaimer, I cannot get you a part in Twilight. No matter how perfect you are for a role, no one is going to ask me for suggestions. Sorry. If I get any news about open auditions or calls for extras or anything, I will post it here.***
Now that that has been said...just because no one cares about my opinions, doesn't mean I don't have them. So, here are my favorite actors and actresses for the cast of Twilight:
Edward: Indisputably the most difficult character to cast, Edward is also the one that I'm most passionately decided upon. The only actor I've ever seen who I think could come close to pulling off Edward Cullen is....(drumroll)....
(Henry was Albert, the young son in The Count of Monte Cristo.)
Can you see it? I know I can!
Bella: My narrator is actually surprisingly easy—there are several people that I think could do a decent job with Bella, Ellen Page and Danielle Panabaker among others. Right now my favorite choice is Emily Browning, of Lemony Snicket's fame:
Just look at those lips! Love her!
Though I would be happy with several possibilities for Bella, I will throw myself off a tall building if they cast some lip synching, popstar-slash-actress in the role. Just FYI.
Carlisle: Second only to Edward on my "passionately decided" list is Carlisle's character. My favorite: Charlie Hunnam. The reason this actor was able to get such a hold on me was his work as the title character in Nicholas Nickleby. He pretty much was Carlisle in that movie.
Charlie: There are tiers to the Charlie wish list. At the very top is John C. Reilly, the Oscar winner. Yeah, not likely, I know. But he would be so perfect:
Other options include Vince Vaughn (give it a minute...picture him with a few extra pounds and a receding hair line...can you see it?) and a more likely chance would be Adam LeFevre (I know him as Damon Bradley in Only You).
Alice: The only actress that springs immediately to mind is Rachel Leigh Cook.
James: Ah, James! This is one of the most fun to cast. I started out leaning toward Joshua Jackson, who could do a fantastic job (and I still love you, Joshua!), but then I saw Cillian Murphy in Batman Begins. Cillian Murphy!!!
This is the point at which my opinions become less urgent. I'm still up in the air about the rest of them. I did see one actor who caught my eye for an Emmett-type...
Emmett: Daniel Cudmore, X-Men's Colossus.
Rosalie: I didn't find an actress that looked like Rosalie to me, but I did find a model...Joanna Krupa. And hey, don't all models want to be actresses?
Laurent: Do you think John Stamos would mind doing a cameo? And Graham Greene seems like a natural for Billy, if Billy's character makes it into the movie...
Thank you everyone for your suggestions about who you would like to see in Twilight! Here are some of your suggestions—the most popular, and the ones that I liked the best:
Most Popular Edward Suggestions: (in order or popularity)
My Favorite Edward Suggestions:
(based on looks alone, rather than acting ability, which is much more important, really. Isn't it wonderful that Henry Cavill can act?)
Most Popular Bella Suggestions:
My Favorite Bella Suggestion:
Danielle Panabaker (already on my personal list—she was great in Sky High)
Most Popular Jasper Suggestions:
My Favorite Jasper Suggestions:
My Favorite Charlie Suggestion:
My Favorite Rosalie Suggestion:
My Favorite Esme Suggestions:
Jean Louise Kelly
And finally, I found my favorite Jacob Black, though he's a New Moon - aged Jacob (which means he'd be way, way too old to ever play Jacob if they ever made New Moon into a movie. Sigh. This is sort of what Jacob looks like in my head, though.)