'Twilight Saga: Eclipse' Actor Xavier Samuel Talks About Getting Cast As Riley

Xavier SamuelIf Robert Pattinson's sudden rise to worldwide fame and adoration is any indication, Xavier Samuel should hire himself a posse of bodyguards, like now! Last week, it was revealed the 25-year-old Aussie actor will star in the third Twilight Saga movie "Eclipse," as a newborn vampire created by vengeful Victoria (Rachelle Lefevre) to exact revenge on Bella (Kristen Stewart). And now, Xavier is opening up to Adelaide Now about the potentially life-changing role of Riley.

"I was up against some truly great actors who I'm privileged to be considered among,'' he told the news outlet. Indeed, the Hollywood newcomer reportedly beat out fan-frontrunners Channing Tatum and "Harry Potter" actor Tom Felton for the role, and he did it in short order. "It all happened in less than a month!'' said Xavier, who put together his audition tape just three weeks ago and flew to L.A. last Thursday. In fact, news of his casting surfaced the very same day.

Filming on the third Twilight installment begins August 17 with a scheduled release of June 30, 2010. We'll have to wait almost a year to see the cutie from Down Under on the big screen, but I have a feeling he'll be getting plenty of blog and fan love until then.

What do you think about Xavier as Riley? Would you have rather seen Channing or Tom in the role of Victoria's henchman?