Just when it seemed like things were all quiet on the “Twilight” front — save for a few updates from actress Nikki Reed and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg — “Entertainment Tonight” reports that “Pacific” star Rami Malek will be joining the “Breaking Dawn” cast as Egyptian vampire Benjamin.
“I think it’s going to be great,” he told “ET.” “It’s going to be super exciting, and I’m thrilled.”
In addition to “The Pacific,” Malek has appeared in various films and TV shows, most recently in the “Night at the Museum” movies as Ahkmenrah. He is also in Tom Hanks’ upcoming film “Larry Crowne.”
So who is Benjamin? Fans of the books will remember him as a member of the Egyptian coven who, upon receiving word from Carlisle, comes to help Bella and the Cullens battle the Volturi. Benjamin is a young vamp blessed with the special ability of controlling the elements (à la Storm from X-Men), though he has yet to fully master his powers.
Benjamin is just one of many new characters in “Dawn.” The extra roles have proven to be a challenge for Rosenberg, who told us recently she’s currently struggling with the film’s big battle scene, during which the two groups of vamps face off.
“The final battle sequence is a big challenge, because it lasts 25 pages,” she said. “It’s almost an entire three-act story in and of itself. You have to track hundreds of characters. It’s an enormous challenge to choreograph on the page and for [director] Bill [Condon] to choreograph on the stage.”
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