‘Eclipse’ Trailer Debuts, Prepare Yourself

Today is an important day for “Twilight” fans. The release of the debut trailer for “Eclipse” marks the start of the official run-up to the movie’s June 30, 2010 release. You’ve all known it was coming of course. But the below video is your first motion picture proof that it actually exists. In three short months, you’ll get to see exactly what “30 Days of Night” director David Slade did differently than his predecessors in this third chapter of Stephenie Meyer’s vampire romance saga.

I won’t pretend to be a Twilighter, but I do have a few observations to share on the new trailer. I find it interesting, though not terribly surprising, that this first look is focused mostly on the developing love triangle between Edward, Jacob and Bella. That is of course what longtime fans of the series are most interested in seeing.

That said, much has been made of Slade being in the director’s chair, how his influence coupled with the content of the source material might make this the most broadly appealing “Twilight” movie yet. I haven’t read the book myself, but as I understand it there’s quite a bit of action in the third installment. My guess is that subsequent trailers and TV spots will focus more in that direction, on selling the movie to a wider male audience.

I’d like to hear what you think though. Does this trailer deliver for you? Do you think there’s too much focus on the story, not enough on the eye candy that will draw in larger crowds? Or are you still too starry-eyed from the sight of a shirtless Taylor Lautner to care?

Unrelated question: what do you think of our first look at Bryce Dallas Howard as Victoria?