According to reports, [movieperson id="266286"]Dakota Fanning[/movieperson] is currently in talks to play Jane, opposite [movieperson id="365131"]Robert Pattinson[/movieperson] and [movieperson id="262629"]Kristen Stewart[/movieperson], in the "Twilight" sequel [movie id="414921"]"New Moon."[/movie]
"There were no auditions," a source revealed to E! Online. (Reps for the actress could not be reached at press time.) "They just offered it to her outright, and now they're in negotiations. They've been going back and forth."
In the book, Jane is a vampire with dangerous mental powers who serves as a guard for the Italian sect known as the Volturi. In a casting notice that went out earlier this month, Jane is described as a "petite blonde with a ... Botticelli angel-like face ... [and] crimson irises," E! reported. The notice also said that "fellow Volturi guards Demetri and Felix ... are three times the size of her, [and] they are terrified of her."
"Twilight" fans have already shown their support for the casting. A petition sent to Summit Entertainment, the studio producing the films, says the 14-year-old would be "perfect" as Jane.
"Dakota is a brilliant actress, fits the role perfectly, and she's just the right age to play Jane," reads the petition, which currently has 128 signatures. "We believe she would be the perfect addition and would really bring the character of Jane to life."
The film is expected to start shooting soon, with an anticipated November release date. One of the big changes will be Chris Weitz replacing "Twilight" helmer Catherine Hardwicke as director. At the Sundance Film Festival last weekend, Kristen Stewart expressed her confidence in the new director.
"Chris — on top of him being a really sweet guy — is entirely devoted," Stewart told MTV News. "And he's very clearly not doing the movie just because it's the next big thing. He really likes it a lot."
Another concern in Stewart's mind over the past few weeks had been which actor would play the pivotal role of Jacob Black. But now that [movieperson id="373803"]Taylor Lautner[/movieperson] has been re-cast in the role, she's convinced that they can make it work. "He's really buff!" she exclaimed of Lautner, who's packed on nearly 30 pounds of muscle so far to prepare for Jacob's werewolf growth spurt. "He definitely is. It took him a lot of time."
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