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Dakota Fanning to moonlight as a “Twilight” vampire


dakota-fanning“Twilight” is about to get some more star power. Dakota Fanning, the 15-year-old actress from ”The Secret Life of Bees,” is close to signing a deal to star in ”New Moon,” the next installment in the wildly popular “Twilight” vampire romance franchise, a source close to the deal, who declined to be named, said on Monday.

Fanning in 2002 became the youngest actor ever nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for her role in the movie “I Am Sam,” in which she played the daughter of an intellectually disabled man.

Fanning is expected to play the “Twilight” vampire Jane, who is part of the Volturi coven of vampires, according to media reports that first surfaced in January when the actress expressed interest in the part.

Fanning upset some “Twilight” fans when she admitted to reporters in January that she had not read the entire four-book “Twilight” series that the movie franchise is based on. But given that the 15-year-old has schoolwork to juggle even as she takes on a fast-rising acting career, it might be best to give her a pass on that one.