"It's one of the most anticipated scenes," said "Breaking Dawn" director Bill Condon.
Perhaps. More accurately, though, when it comes to Edward and Bella's first night together as a married couple, we'd say Twi-fans are consumed not with anticipation but mouth-foaming, break-out-in-a-cold-sweat madness. And the first-look photo that Entertainment Weekly has just released is only a temporary cure.
The pic shows Robert Pattinson's Edward and Kristen Stewart's Bella in bed following their marriage, each one baring some skin — though the image is strictly PG-13 stuff. "I spent a tremendous amount of time thinking about it," Condon said of the scene. "The anticipation is part of it and you want to play with what people expect and maybe subvert it a little and surprise them."
One thing that's not surprising is the way Summit Entertainment has consistently served the "Twilight" audience with juicy sneak peeks since production on the first film began. If you can pry your eyes away from that new photo for a few minutes, check out some of our other favorite first-looks from the vampire franchise.
Photos of Edward & Bella's moments in bed together.
First Look at Jacob Black
In Stephenie Meyer's book, Jacob Black is a 6-foot-7-inch 16-year-old. In the adaptation, which began filming early in 2008, Black was played by a then-largely unknown, 5-foot-9-inch 16-year-old named Taylor Lautner. MTV News delivered the first-ever look at Lautner in wig-rocking character in April of that year. "The wig is very interesting. I'm definitely going to have to get used to it," he told us. "It's like halfway down my back."
First "Twilight" Poster
The first-ever poster promoting "Twilight" arrived in May of 2008 and showed golden-eyed Edward floating over Bella, who has a look on her face that seems to say, "Who cares if this is forbidden love?" Shot by a then-18-year-old photographer named Joey Lawrence, the poster features a tagline that reads, "When you can live forever, what do you live for?"
Meet the Wolfpack
The first official look at "New Moon" debuted the Quileute werewolves: Chaske Spencer, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Bronson Pelletier. Conspicuously absent was Lautner. The actors, director Chris Weitz said, "went through wolf camp together, and they are in constant training. It paid off as a bonding thing for them and helped them to get to know one another. They drove each other to get more buff."
Meet the Volturi
Months before "New Moon" introduced the powerful bloodsuckers known as the Volturi on the big screen, Summit released the first peek at these fresh faces, including Dakota Fanning as ruthless Jane, Jamie Campbell Bower as the mercilessly cruel Caius and Michael Sheen as head honcho Aro.
"New Moon" Trailer
After a steady stream of photos from the production, the first official "New Moon" footage arrived courtesy of MTV. During the 2009's Movie Awards, we debuted the first trailer. Who did the unleashing? Pattinson, Stewart and Lautner, of course.
"Eclipse" Teaser Trailer
Released in May of 2010, the first "Eclipse" teaser gave fans everything they could have hoped for: Pattinson and Stewart together in bed, Lautner without his shirt on and a little bit of acrobatic vampire action. "Isabella Swan, I promise to love you every moment forever," Edward soberly announced in the promo.
The first official look at "Breaking Dawn" was a doozy: a shot of Bella clutching a handful of feathers. It was a small peek at the aftermath of her first sexual encounter with Edward. The photo's simplicity and its reference to such a momentous scene had fans going crazy. As a typical commenter put it, "FEATHERS!! I cannot WAIT!!"
So what's your favorite "Twilight Saga" first-look moment? Tell us in the comments.
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