‘Eclipse’ Adds ‘Maria Full Of Grace’ Star As Jasper’s Ex… Maria!

Another day, another “Eclipse” casting announcement. Yesterday Jack Huston was the latest to join the third “Twilight” movie, as Rosalie Hale’s old, Depression-era pal Royce King II. Flashback, anyone? Today’s newcomer is “Maria Full of Grace” star Catalina Sandino Moreno, who will play Maria, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And if you’re familiar with the character, then you know she’ll take part in another flashback.

Back during the Civil War days, Maria recruited Confederate soldier Jasper Hale (Jackson Rathbone) to help her build up an army of newborn vampires. Together they swept across the Mexican territories, doing just that. That is until Maria asks Jasper to commit an unspeakable act, and he flees with two of Maria’s soldiers in tow. Maria doesn’t actually pop up in the modern-day telling of “Eclipse,” so it’s a safe assumption that it’s flashback time for Jasper in “Eclipse.”

In “Maria Full of Grace,” Moreno starred as a pregnant teacher who brings in some extra cash working as a drug mule. Tough financial times call for drastic measures, I suppose. She also played Aleida March in Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” and stars alongside Tom Wilkinson in the upcoming indie “Frail.”

What do you think of Moreno for the role of Maria? How do you see her character factoring into “Eclipse”?