It’s been a busy couple of weeks in [movie id="369195"]“Twilight”[/movie] land, what with news of major casting replacements , debunked nude scene news and allegations of plagiarism against the author who created the franchise. Yet Stephenie Meyer’s juggernaut chugs forward, and as the cast begins to head to Vancouver to start filming [movie id="420622"]“Eclipse,”[/movie] the third film in the series, they’ll be joined by yet another new castmate.
Fourteen-year-old actress Jodelle Ferland will become the newest vampire in “Eclipse,” according to Variety. While there is much speculation about which character she will play — possibly the vampire Bree — all that is known for certain about her role, the report says, is that she will play “a vampire who has just been turned.” Ferland will join fellow new vampire Xavier Samuel, who will play Riley.
Though just a teenager, the Canadian-born Ferland is already a veteran, having performed on the big and small screens for a decade. Her next film appearance will be opposite Renee Zellweger in the September thriller “Case 39.” Zellweger plays a social worker who rescues Ferland from parents who want to kill her, only to discover that perhaps the parents were onto something. Ferland also has a role in Joss Whedon’s 2010 horror flick, “The Cabin in the Woods.”
With the Comic-Con and TwiCon fan events behind them, the “Eclipse” cast is beginning to travel to Vancouver to jumpstart filming in mid-August. The movie is expected to shoot through October, with production wrapping shortly before “New Moon,” the second of the “Twilight” films, is released on November 20. “Eclipse” is slated for a June 2010 release.
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