'Breaking Dawn' Casts Mackenzie Foy As Renesmee

'Twilight' author Stephenie Meyer confirms the 9-year-old's casting via Facebook.

After practically years of suspense over who would play vampire-human child Renesmee in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn," it was author Stephenie Meyer who finally got to break the news on Wednesday night.

"Very excited about our new Renesmee, Mackenzie Foy," she wrote on the "Twilight" Facebook page. "She's an amazing young actress and I'm excited to work with her. I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer!"

Rumors that newcomer Foy would be cast in the role had been circulating for the past week. The 9-year-old actress has a limited résumé, with just a few TV appearances to her credit so far on the shows " 'Til Death" and "FlashForward." She has also appeared on the cover of the Garnet Hill clothing catalog and in Gap ads and Burger King commercials. She will take on the role of Edward and Bella's daughter, one of the meatier parts in the second half of the "Breaking Dawn" saga.

Fans will, of course, have a while to wait before they get their first glimpse of Foy, since the first chapter of "Breaking Dawn" hits screens on November 18, 2011, and the second half will roll out on November 16, 2012. It's not known exactly where the book will be split into two, but since Renesmee is born about halfway through the story, she's not likely to appear in the first movie.

When Foy was first mentioned for the role, Entertainment Weekly immediately wondered how the angelic-faced newbie will be able to portray her rapidly aging character. According to unnamed sources, "Dawn" director Bill Condon "will employ similar digital effects to those used by David Fincher in 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,' where Foy's face would be digitally transferred onto the face of a younger child. It's also probable that the studio will hire a younger child in some capacity too."

The response from Twihards on Facebook was overwhelmingly positive. "Thanks for dropping in Stephenie," Ronnie M. wrote. "So excited that MacKenzie was cast; she seems like she'll do a great job. You all thought it would be hard to cast the 'Perfect' Edward and I'm sure you thought the same for Renesmee, but once again you guys have outdone yourselves. Can't wait for 'Breaking Dawn'!"

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