A new year, a new “Twilight” film, and we’re feeling good now that we’ve got our first extended look at “Eclipse.”
Released Thursday morning (March 11), the teaser trailer for the third movie in the series gives fans nearly everything they might ask for: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart together in bed, Taylor Lautner without his shirt on and a little bit of acrobatic vampire action.
The trailer has three main focuses: the dilemma established at the end of “New Moon” about whether Pattinson’s Edward Cullen will turn Stewart’s Bella Swan into a vampire; the ongoing love triangle between Edward, Bella and Lautner’s Jacob Black; and the brewing threat posed by Bryce Dallas Howard’s Victoria and her army of newborn vampires.
The footage begins with a by-now-familiar flyover of the heavily wooded mountains surrounding Bella’s hometown of Forks, Washington. Following the events of “New Moon,” Edward and Bella are back in the Northwest and contemplating both marriage and the possibility of Bella going from normal high school gal to immortal vamp. They rest in a field of wild blue flowers, as the shot then fades to reveal the two in a gentle embrace.
“Isabella Swan, I promise to love you every moment forever,” says Edward, the key word in that sentence being “forever.”
Of course, all will not be so idyllic for the duo. Cue the Volturi , those powerful bloodsuckers featured in “New Moon,” who reside in Italy and act as a royal governing body for the vampire world. In the course of “Eclipse,” they actually don’t show up until further along in the story, but the trailer makes clear Bella and Edward will face a number of significant threats from beginning to end. We see Dakota Fanning’s Jane leading the Volturi pack, as well as Alec (Cameron Bright) and what looks to be Demetri (Charlie Bewley) and Felix (Daniel Cudmore).
“She’s still human,” Jane says as we get a close-up of her blood-red eyes. “The Volturi don’t give second chances.”
Golden-eyed Edward and Bella look understandably freaked out. The shot cuts to the couple in Bella’s bed confronting another of their quandaries.
“Why are you so against me becoming like you?” she asks as they cuddle.
“I know the consequences of the choice you’re making,” responds Edward, who’s been frozen in his teenage years since being turned into a vampire in 1918. “After a few decades, you’ll really know what we did.”
The message here — made clear via shots of Bella standing with her father and embracing her mother — is that all her loved ones will eventually die, while Bella lives on … and on and on. And then we get yet another reason why she might not want to give up being human: the werewolf Jacob. The two friends confronted their feelings for each other in “New Moon,” and they’ll continue to do so in “Eclipse.”
“You wouldn’t have to change for me, Bella,” he tells her. “I’m in love with you, and I want you to pick me instead of him.”
Jacob isn’t going down without a fight. He also does his best to convince Edward that a werewolf, rather than a vampire, is best suited for Bella. “You have to consider the idea that I might be better for her than you are,” Jacob says.
And maybe the guy’s got a point. After all, here comes more trouble in the form of Victoria, the flame-haired vampire who’s hunting Bella after first encountering her in “Twilight.”
“Edward, she found us,” Bella says.
That line gives way to the trailer’s coolest sequence: Victoria leaping across a chasm before landing and whipping around to reveal a close-up of her face. It’s quite a reveal, as well, given the behind-the-scenes intrigue surrounding the character, as Howard replaced Rachelle Lefevre in the role after “New Moon.”
“I’ll protect you, no matter what,” Edward tells Bella.
So, too, will Jacob, despite Bella’s warnings. “You don’t know what you’re getting yourself into,” she tells him.
And then, boom: a shirtless Lautner. Y’all still with us? OK then. No warning is going to stop Jacob from trying to protect Bella and from trying to convince her to love him.
“I’m going to fight for you until your heart stops beating,” he says.
Up comes the title card — “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” — and then the final tease of the trailer: “06.30.10.” That’s right, you may be feeling good after watching the trailer, until you realize there’s more than three months until the film hits theaters. But don’t worry! MTV News will be bringing you a ton of fresh “Eclipse” content until then.
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