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Celebrities come knocking for “Twilight” sequel

February 12, 2009

Vampire romance movie “Twilight” proved a blockbuster hit last year anthe-jonas-brothersd has made more than $356.8 million worldwide at the box office. The movie’s success was unusual for Hollywood, because at its heart “Twilight” was an indie movie, and box office leaders often come from the major studios. “Twilight” was made by independent studio Summit Entertainment and it starred Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, who went into the production as working actors and came out as instant celebrities.

Now, established celebrities are thirsty to be part of Summit’s sequel “New Moon” due out on Nov. 20. The latest stars knocking at Summit’s door are teen pop sensations The Jonas Brothers, who told MTV they would love to contribute to the “New Moon” soundtrack.  ”The movie was obviously a huge success, and if they asked us to be a part (of the sequel) that would be great,” Nick Jonas told MTV, as his brothers agreed.

Not so fast, Jonas Brothers. Not all the “Twilight” fans are happy with the idea of the Jonas Brothers, who gained their popularity on the Disney Channel, playing a part in the next installment of the movie franchise. One commentator at the MTV site wrote, “This isn’t some stupid Disney movie so stop trying to turn it into one.”

The Jonas Brothers are not the first Disney stars to eye a role in the “Twilight” franchise. Vanessa Hudgens, a star in Disney’s “High School Musical” movies, has also sought a part in the “Twilight” franchise, MTV reported last month. And Dakota Fanning, 14, one of the most famous and acclaimed child stars of recent years, is also interested in winning a part in “New Moon” as the bloodsucker Jane.

Catherine Hardwicke, who directed “Twilight,” has been replaced with Chris Weitz. That change also ruffled some feathers from “Twilight’s” passionate fan base of mostly teen girls and young women. Weitz is more of an inside Hollywood choice for the movie franchise, with proven box office success on the 1999robert-pattinson-kristen-stewart “American Pie” and the 2001 sequel, whereas Hardwicke before “Twilight” had more modest box office success. Even so, the style she brought to “Twilight” pleased many fans, who are still on the fence about how Weitz will handle the sequel.

 Stewart, the 18-year-old star of “Twilight” who played Bella Swan in the movie, is still adjusting to the roller coaster of fame that came with the movie. Will she thrive if called upon to star opposite Dakota or Vanessa? More importantly, how will fans react if “New Moon” becomes studded with celebrities? Will they like the change or not?

Comments

i do not want known people to be in twilight. most other huge fans feel the same. it needs to be original. just as stephanie meyer intended it. don’t add famous people. let new actors come in so fans can enjoy the image of a fresh talent instead of someone famous who has been in other popular sucesses. the popular sucesses will only cause viewers to think of other movies and twilight must be original. thats one of the great things catherine hardwicke did. though she did managae to pull this movie out of her ass with such a low budget

Posted by brooke | Report as abusive
 

Ugh. NO. Please don’t put those stupid boys in there. It’ll seem unreal with them in there.

UGH. I HATE THEM.

Posted by Pook | Report as abusive
 

What is it with Hollywood? When something is good and works, they go mess is up! Hey Know-it-All, “If it isn’t broken, Don’t fix it”!!!!

Posted by FMK | Report as abusive
 

Part of the originality of Twilight was that none of the actors were “HUGE”, known, but not “HUGE”.

I also hope they don’t turn this into a teen pop soundtrack. Muse, Paramore, Linkin Park, and Robert Pattinson’s songs were perfect!

Once the Twilight series is turned into a cookie cutter movie, that is when they’ll lose a lot of viewers.

Posted by Jess | Report as abusive
 

Any and all of the Disney franchise and any of its affliates should completely stay out of the Twilight Series. I believe Summit Entertainment is fully aware that such a decision would send the film’s success plumetting out the sky and infuriate the fans.

Posted by Last of a Dying Breed | Report as abusive
 

ok I’m a huge twilight fan. I became interested in the whole twilight thing when the books first came out. I have watched twilight grow and I have watched many movies with both actresses who are wanting to play the character Jane. In my opinion Dakota Fanning would do a much better job at in that part then Vanessa. Dakota is better suited for the character. She 1. looks like Jane or how Jane was described in the books, 2. she is a far better Actress, 3. she has way more experience. I know that several of my friends feel the same way. My friends and my self don’t really like the way Disney is going and really don’t feel any of their stars they have true acting or singing skills. there are some that are ok actors and singers but there aren’t many, and Vanessa is one of the actress who doesn’t have any skill.

Posted by julie | Report as abusive
 

disney people are like little pest that wont go away! i really hope they dont put the jonas brothers or anyone from disney into anything related with twilight these movies are a lot more serious than “camp rock” and “the jonas brothers 3d concert movie.” the ponly reason they want to be in it is because its doing well i bet none of them have even read any of the books!!

Posted by dana | Report as abusive
 

(comment for julie)…hi julie…i do agree with you on Dakota, i think too that she will be perfect for the role as jane..but just for info Vanessa was “rumored” to have applied for the role of Leah Clearwater (and she still is not good for that one…i don’t think she will fit for any role in the twilight saga)..and true she and all other Disney persona’s are going to ruin the Twilight sequel..uhhhhhh..there are a lot of good actors and actresses out there that are waiting to be noticed…

Posted by ysabella | Report as abusive
 

Wowthe only thing that wouldn’t seem real to you about twilight would be the jonas brothers?

Vanessa hudgens was going for leah Clearwater, not jane. Some Disney stars turn out to be respected actors. Look at Anne Hathaway.

Look, people are gonna complain no matter what. People were outraged about Robert and kristen before the movie came out. So just trust that stephanie meyer won’t allow them to sell out and we’ll get another great movie to match the books :)

Posted by dakotalily | Report as abusive
 

they can not put CELEBRATIES IN THERE!!!

Posted by JAMIE | Report as abusive
 

I honestly believe that Dakota is a fantastic actress and with her recent spout of maturity and all of her dramatic roles that she has had in the past, she might be able to play the part of Jane. Then again other parts of me think that unknown actors and actresses may be better for the parts to make the movie more real and not so hollywood. There definitely shouldn’t be any Disney child stars in the film because even though it is a movie geared towards “teen girls and young women” there are plenty of other fan bases. Disney kids (although talented) would make the movie seem cheap and very childish.

Posted by Melissa | Report as abusive
 

im happy they changed the director he did an amazing job on the golden compass and he has more experience with this kind ov thing then she does. I hope to god that the jonas brothers have nothing to do with any of the twilight saga they’ll just ruin it! and as for vanessa hugens who does she think she kidding? what makes her think she can play any of the characters in the book? i mean she’s a horrible actress and an evn worse singer. i just hope that chris weitz has enough sense not to cast any of the disney people or already famous people in any of the sagas. haven said that i must say that i wouldn’t oppose to dakota fanning playing jane, giving other people a chance to play her would be great but i just think she would fit the role perfectly.

 

We need free new actors, not actors who want to steal the limelight away from the main cast.

Posted by twilightt | Report as abusive
 

that was the magic of the twilight film. it was new unheard of actors and actresses. l think twilight will have their cast by now as they are leaving it abit late to sign people up when they start filming next month. l reacon the new cast has already been choosen.

Posted by twifever | Report as abusive
 

The disney ppl will completely RUIN AND DESTROY the Twilight Movies if they came into this. The Jonas Brothers shud just stick to what they are used to AND capable of doing, they have no need to ruin this, this isn’t a bunch of silly tween-based movies wich contain celebs who are absolutely horrible at both singing and acting….this is serious, the Twilight Franchise is loved all over the world….plz don’t ruin this!!!

Posted by Sam | Report as abusive
 

They cannot use celebrities in this movie. It spoils the fantasy and chemistry of the movie! they will lose their fans if they decide to use celebs.

Posted by Rob | Report as abusive
 

i don’t think that they should put all these celebs in, but i do agree with Dakota, i think she would be a great jane, but VH should not be Leah. I also heard that they are seriously considering the guy who played Prince Caspian for Aro which is a HUGE mistake. Aro needs to be older. In my head it is someone like Christopher Lee or someone with that kind of timeless look. and i hope they have Dimitri and Felix cause they are fab characters =]
So i dont think they sould do the bug hollywood/celeb thing!!! it will ruin it totally

Posted by Kate Potter | Report as abusive
 

NO to Disney and all it’s baby so called stars.

Those of us who love the Twilight Series and have enjoyed their Twilight Soundtrack, don’t want to hear Jonas Brothers or any other Disney wanna be star on it’s Soundtrack.

I would love to NEVER hear another song by Jonas Brothers, Miley Cryus, or anyone similar to them again.

Keep DISNEY out of the Twilight Saga. PLEASE!!!

Posted by SH | Report as abusive
 

it would be stupid to have all kinds of celebrities in new moon vanessa hudgens and dakota fanning would ruin it i don’t see them being in a vampire movie and the jonas brothers don’t need to do the soundtrack either new moon does not need to be invaded by some stupid disney channel stars that make a living entertaining kids.

Posted by jasmine | Report as abusive
 

I am a mother of 3 and have become addicted to the twilight books and the movie. I sure hope that Stephanie Meyer has some imput on the actors who will portray “HER” characters because it will not work if these well knowns come into it. If they put Vanessa in, I would be waiting thru the whole movie for her to break out in song. Dakota Fanning is definitely not the right person to play Jane–she hasn’t even read the books and seemed not to care one way or the other if she was in the movies. We need actors who have the talent and want to create the name. This will keep in them in for the long haul and get the complete movie series done in the way that Stephanie meant them to be.

Posted by kg | Report as abusive
 

First and foremost…anything that gets teenagers reading has got to be applauded. The movie was good but the book was better. I think the reason some people get so defensive about putting Disney frontrunners in the new movie is because there are so many young women that relate to Bella’s character. Awkward, not fully fitting in with their surroundings….basically not the perfect blonde cookie cutter cheerleader that Disney has a tendency of putting out. By putting someone affiliated with Bubble gum princessy perfection, you would almost be taking the soul out of the story. A young woman coming into her own and being comfortable with who she is and what she wants, regardless of what others will say or do.

Posted by Emily | Report as abusive
 

I am a mother of two young children and I absolutely love the Twilight Saga. Part of its appeal is the fan’s ability to relate to the characters. Kristen Stewart is a beautiful girl, but also plays well the average clumsy teenager that Bella Swan is. I truly hope they don’t ruin the legacy Meyers created with names like the Jonas Brothers and Vanessa Hudgens!

Posted by Kristel | Report as abusive
 

I am a mother of 3 that had no intention of every readying Twilight. My 12 yr old daugther was the one that got me hooked. The books were WONDERFUL and the movie was great. I agree with kg. I hope that Stephenie has a say in who will play the parts. After all, she created them. Vanessa Hudgens is Disney and I feel that Disney should stay out of it. I do not want this series to be turned into a cheesy, pre teen filk. As for Dakota… Well she is very good, but way too young to play Jane. Not to mention the fact that she hasn’t even read the books! I enjoy Twilight being a little film, with lesser know actors. It adds to the charm.

Posted by cb | Report as abusive
 

This whole situation is getting ridiculous. I think that the Twilight movie was perfect. They did an excellent job casting with the small budget that they had. Every actor is perfect for the character. But now that they have a bigger budget they are going to get A-list actors. I just think that they should stick to what made it famous in the first place. The virtually unknown actors that we have seen before but weren’t on a high school musical level, in accordance with Disney. Disney needs to stay out of it. The Twilight Saga is the best love story of this era with hints of action and excitement. The casting director should be weary when casting. Nobody who is a true Twilight fan will want to see Vanessa or Dakota in the movie. They are too big name in Hollywood. Twilight was supposed to be different and if they put this actors in the movie, it will be like everything else in Hollywood.

Posted by Sabrina | Report as abusive
 

Please, please, please – keep the Disney Channel crowd out of this movie! None of them can actually act and yes, I have watched the HSM films so I know what I speak. I am in total agreement. I do like Dakota Fanning and actually imagined her when I read New Moon. Meyer describes the character of Jane as childish, young, beautiful but frightening. I think Fanning is spot on for that role.

Posted by elizabeth | Report as abusive
 

Ok, first of all Twilight is so much more than your typical teen “cruch” story !! It has so MANY deep undertones.. A LOVE STORY that has brought women togeather. Young, or older women ..That is wha makes the saga so profound because we all can relate to the books !! I think New Moon is going to “make” or” break “the saga in the movie’s because , I would say 90% of your fan base have read the books .. I went to see Twilight before i read the books and ended up reading the whole saga in 5 day’s .. Personally I am glad I did it this way because I already had all the caractors in my head while reading !! I agree that making this film with to many really famous acotor’s or actresses wil take away from the movie exspecially Disney.. I think that Stephine Myers needs to have a say in casting and she should have a HUGE part in the script !! She deserves to have the her “saga “told with passion and the best possiable people for each roll, that she so clearly describe’s in her books .. I thought the Movie Twilight was awesome giving there budget and the cast was PERFECT .. I can’t imagine any one eles playing ,The Cullens,Edward, Bella, or even Jacob .. All perfectly casted .. This Saga is so important a wide ranged age group !! So Chris good luck because this may be your hardest movie to direct, and keep every one happy !! I pray for your sake you keep it to the story line and DON’T make it toooo hollywood !!

Posted by Kelly Smith | Report as abusive
 

Are you kidding? The Twilight movie was TERRIBLE. Kristen Stewart was such a completely characterless and nondescript as Bella Swan. The girl can’t act. Saying that the movie was great is a joke.

The only reason it became a hit is because people were eager to watch it (due to the book/s). I came out of the cinema wishing I hadn’t wasted my time.

Posted by Neg | Report as abusive
 

I just discovered the books and am really really excited for the movie to come out on dvd so I can see it. I really hope that the powers that be don’t turn the next movie into a Disney movie. I understand that there are Disney stars who want to be a part of it and that is fine but please don’t let them bring their Disney style to the movie. The books are dark and sort of brooding, not light and sing songy. This ain’t High School Musical.

Posted by Jamie | Report as abusive
 

I hope they don’t turn New Moon into a star-studded celebfest as it was so refreshing to have relative unknowns in the cast of the first film – though obviously Pattinson and Stewart are now huge celebrities! If there are famous people popping up every five minutes it’s much harder to suspend disbelief. Also, it would be nice to see the Native American characters actually played by actors who genuinely have that heritage – Vanessa Hudgens is not Native American, she is half Filipino, and yet she was apparently hoping to play the role of Leah, a Native American character.
I agree with Neg, who said above that Kristen Stewart can’t act. She was completely expressionless and monotone throughout Twilight – I hope she’s having acting lessons to help her cope with the emotional angst she’ll have to portray in New Moon, especially as we won’t have as many scenes featuring the gorgeous Edward Cullen to compensate for Stewart’s lacklustre performance….

Posted by Marvelars | Report as abusive
 

I saw the movie first, then became an avid “Twilighter” and read and re-read the series. If the movie and the actors are handled in the right manner, it should not matter where they come from. Isn’t that what acting is about? Stepping out of yourself or the image people see. I can’t wait for New Moon and the rest of the series, but am a little worried about how Breaking Dawn will come out.

Posted by jb | Report as abusive
 

Please please do not bring Disney stars into this. I agree that with the money Twilight was given they did a decent job and now that they have a larger budget they should focus on the special effects New Moon presents… and not to mention getting Kristen Stewart some personality. I personally don’t like her playing Bella, she just doesn’t capture the essence of the character and with New Moon she has to be so emotional and drawn that I’m worried she just wont do.
As for Robert Patterson, someone please groom those eyebrows! Edward is suppose to be a heart throbbing God of beauty and those eyebrows just make me want to laugh.

Posted by April | Report as abusive
 

I do not want the Jonas Brothers on the soundtrack! omg, I personally thing that they don’t sing that well,and they are only in this because they know the soundtrack will bring in a lot of profit, not because they care about the story or movie or anything else. As if they need the money…Personally though, I think that Dakota Fanning would be good as Jane. Just not the rest of those “stars”…

Posted by Rachel | Report as abusive
 

i will freak out (in a bad way) if many celebrities, including the jonas brothers are involved in New Moon.

Posted by ananymous | Report as abusive
 

Dakota would be a great Jane. I’ve seen her play many types of roles, including scary. Give Vanessa a chance. We’ve never seen her do anything besides Disney. She might surprise us. Leave it up to Stephenie and Chris. I don’t care if Jonas Brothers are in it if they bring something good that fits in with Twilight. Don’t really see it though. For Aro or Felix, I would love to see Taylor Kitsch, (Tim Riggins, Fri. Night Lights)or Ian Somerhalder, (Boone Carlyle, Lost, 1st season) He has great eyes for the part. Unlike some, I think Kristen did a great job. Bella TELLS us her emotions, she doesn’t SHOW them alot.

Posted by Belle | Report as abusive
 

NO DISNEY STARS IN OR WITH THE “TWILIGHT” SAGA AT ALL!!!!!! PLEASE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! It wouldn’t feel right having one of the Disney people with them! I have waited soooooooooo long for the “Twilight” movie to come out on the big screen (WHICH WAS AMAZING!!!!!) and I don’t want people who are just looking for the stupid fame to ruin the rest of the movies!!! Because face it, we all know they will! Now don’t get me wrong, I do like “High School Musical” and the Jonas Brothers a little, and I don’t have anything against them specifically, but this is a TEEN AND OVER movie! Not some four year old movie. I would never, ever have pictured Vanessa in the movie, nor the Jonas Brothers on the soundtrack. And Dakota Fanning wouldn’t make a good vampire anyway. We need people who are going to be in “New Moon” for the love of it, not for the fame and fortune! And from previous interviews that I’ve read about all of there “New Moon” considerations, I realize that they’re the people looking for the fame and fortune. I’m sorry Disney and Dakota, but you can’t be involved with the “Twilight” movies. I think I speak for everyone else, as well as myself, when I say that you would ruin the the wonderful world that the brilliant Stephenie Meyer has brought us. We want all of the sadness, and happiness, and all of the loneliness, and every other emotion that the “Twilight” books have brought us, and be put on the big screen. And I’m sorry Disney and Dakota, but I don’t feel that you are qualified for this huge responsibility. That might sound weird to you, but it doesn’t to most of the “Twilight” fans, us Twilighters.

 

wow… this is sad. why the hell are they TRYING to ruin the saga!! first, Kristen Stewart, the girl who cannot act…now THIS!!!!

I trust that Stephenie will make the right decision with New Moon. Hopefully, firing those who cannot act and using music that applies to the film/book.

I can say that the Jonas Brothers’ style music is not even remotely close to what New Moon’s soundtrack should be like. They are WAY too pop-artsy, whereas New Moon needs more solemn music.

Vanessa Hudgens! What freaking brain-dead moron chose her! Were they out of options? Were they bored? Were they trying to be funny? She is nowhere near pretty, nor talented, enough to be involved New Moon. I sometimes wonder why even Disney had hired her. She sucks!

Now Dakota is a different story. She is perfect for the role of Jane. She is pretty, young and talented. Basically the opposite of some of the train-wrecks that they picked for this movie. I say, get write of Kristen Stewart and replace her with Dakota! She is much more deserving of the role!

Kristen is not Bella!

Posted by Mrs. B | Report as abusive
 

I am a 58 year old, well educated, professional woman. I am also a mother and grandmother. All three generations of us are “Twilighters”. We are obsessed and enjoying every minute of it. I have read the entire series three times (including Midnight Sun) and I have seen the movie 26 times! This is my first time to be a ‘groupee’ for anything or anyone. The Twilight Saga is ‘our own personal brand of heroin’ because it transcends all generations with the message that such all encompassing love is possible. I pray that New Moon stays the course, and that they leave out the distraction of celebrities in the casting process. Contrary to several critics, this series appeals to as many (or more) mature adults (men and women) as to teenagers.

Posted by Angie Scott | Report as abusive
 

I wholeheartedly agree with the 58-year-old mother and grandmother. No Disney influence, including the Jonas Brothers, should ever become a part of the Twilight Saga. If the Jonas Brothers are featured on the New Moon soundtrack, I will not buy it!

Posted by Marie | Report as abusive
 

This subject of the Jonas Brothers wanting to feature their music on a soundtrack for New Moon, or even in the movie, can be traced to the fact that Camilla Belle is dating Joe Jonas and Camilla Belle is also a friend of Robert Pattinson. The JB’s are probably hoping they have an “in” with Belle and Pattinson.

Please Chris Weitz, Summit, and whoever chooses music for the movie soundtracks, nothing Disney and/or Jonas Brothers for the Twilight Saga.

Posted by Marie | Report as abusive
 

As for the role of Jane and Alec, my choices are Dakota Fanning and Freddie Highmore. As I was reading the books, these are the actors I imagined playing the characters.

Posted by Marie | Report as abusive
 

I am a jonas fan and a huge “fanpire”. I love the jonas brothers as much as the next girl but them on the soundtrack would ruin the whole dark drama romance fantasy world that is twilight. Twilight is more of a mature kind of thing, to flawless for the jonas brothers. Not saying the the jonas brothers aren’t good, they’re really good. But, Twilight is a different kind of atmoshpere, than happy disney pop music.

Posted by Meg | Report as abusive
 

Disney people should stay at Disney. End of story.

Posted by Daniella | Report as abusive
 

If the cast of ”New Moon” is star-studded,then it would take away the pure joy of watching the movie. Seeing the celebrities’ faces will make the movie unrealistic and unbelievable among Twilighters,as myself. Disney should stay to themselves away from the Twilight Saga!!!!

Posted by Ka'Arta Baker | Report as abusive
 

YUCK!!!! Please NO Disney Kids or Jo Bros. THey need to find another movie to wreck. Stay the heck away from New Moon and Eclipse. Jo Bros need to keep making bubblegum music for their 5-12 year old audience and leave the soundtrack for this movie for great bands as evidenced on the Twilight Soundtrack which by the way, ROCKS. Go away Jo Bros!

Posted by freezer | Report as abusive
 

A huge contributing factor to the success of Twilight was that it didn’t have any major stars in it, but really good actors. I think it would totally ruin it to start putting big names in the sequels. And I hope Disney and the Jonas Brothers keep away! I’m so glad Disney didn’t get a hold of the Twilight series or HP for that matter. They would have ruined them both. Look what happened to the Narnia Chronicles.

Posted by Kate | Report as abusive
 

I agree with many of the postings about the BROs being added to any of the twilight soundtracks. As most of the fans have already stated the first soundtrack really doesnt compare to their music at all. The twilight soundtrack is one of the best ones out there and I was hoping that new moon would be even better. Summit really needs to look into keeping things similar to how twilight was meant to be and not stray to far away. Why mess with a good thing stick with what works. I think the first casting was very well done and I hope they continue the same way.

Posted by heidi | Report as abusive
 

The Twilight soundtrack ROCKED!! If Summit wants to repeat their success in New Moon, they better come up with something better than the Jonas Brothers.

Posted by BellaSwan | Report as abusive
 

I don’t think that the major celebs should get roles in the new movies. I think the fact that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart weren’t majorly famous pre-twilight made them much more believable in their roles. I definetely don’t wanna see the girl from 90210, although she would make a pretty good trashy vampire the way Heidi was described in the book. And no Dakota Fanning, or Jo Bros..ah..Yea..I know Cam and Edi had several roles before twilight but they are gonna ruin the mystery in the movies..

Posted by Kat | Report as abusive
 

I agree with the large number of commenters that Big Name Stars would just ruin the movie. They would break the budget and just detract from the story. Twilight should be reserved for less recognized, but hugely talented actors, like Billy Burke and all the awesome cast of the first movie. A Universal Studios Twilight-themed ride, anyone? Moving away from the indie roots of the franchise would just alienate the core fans anyway and just cheapen the whole thing. Dakota Fanning is a great actress, but let’s seee the role go to an unknown actress who’s going to blow everyone away.

Posted by Chicago 1901 | Report as abusive
 

OME! Please don’t cast any of those actors. I mean, they’re good, but they can’t live up to the awesomeness of “twilight.” I don’t think any fans want disney taking over the best book series in the world. I would cry. I love disney, but it shouldn’t mix with twilight. The storyline is very mature and the disney people will make it awkward.

 

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