We've been speculating for weeks now that "Twilight" newcomer Jodelle Ferland, cast as a newborn vampire in "Eclipse," would be playing the role of Victoria acolyte Bree. Even though the star said she was sworn to secrecy and couldn't reveal her character's name, the deed was done for her in a statement released just now by Summit Entertainment, which confirms the 14-year-old will indeed play the raven-haired vamp. The statement also detailed a few other new "Eclipse" castings:
-Julia Jones will play Leah Clearwater
Those long ago rumors that "High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens would play the lone furry female among the Wolf Pack can now, finally, be put to rest with the casting of Julia Jones (pictured above, left). You may recognize the 28-year-old former model from a four-episode stint as Dr. Kaya Montoya on "ER" or as Cherokee Kisum in "Hell Ride."
-BooBoo Stewart as Seth Clearwater
The role of Leah's kind-hearted younger brother Seth will be played by 15-year-old BooBoo Stewart (pictured above, right). Though the character of Seth first appears in "New Moon," it looks like we will not see the shape-shifting Wolf Pack member until the third installment.
Click on the photo above to ogle the rest of the full "Eclipse" cast! We should note, though, that the statement also announced that principal photography has begun on "Eclipse" in Vancouver. But, hello, we knew that yesterday thanks to Peter "Carlisle Cullen" Facinelli's Twitter post: "1st day of filming on Eclipse starts today! : ) My part starts filming next week, so today... more fight training."
Well, that's the bulk of the (most exciting!) news from Summit's statement, but we've copy and pasted the entire release below for your perusing pleasure:
SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT STARTS PRODUCTION ON THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
Vancouver, BC – August 18, 2009 – Summit Entertainment announced today that it has commenced principal photography on THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE directed by David Slade (30 DAYS OF NIGHT, HARD CANDY) from a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner will reprise their roles as Bella Swan, Edward Cullen and Jacob Black. The third film in the studio's TWILIGHT film franchise based on Stephenie Meyer's blockbuster book series, will be released theatrically in North America on Wednesday, June 30, 2010.
Along with director David Slade, several new actors are joining the TWILIGHT family including Bryce Dallas Howard as Victoria, Xavier Samuel as Riley, Catalina Sandino Moreno as Maria, Jack Huston as Royce King, Julia Jones as Leah, BooBoo Stewart as Seth, and Jodelle Ferland as Bree.
Also continuing in the saga as The Cullen Family are Ashley Greene as Alice, Peter Facinelli as Carlisle, Elizabeth Reaser as Esme, Kellan Lutz as Emmett, Nikki Reed as Rosalie, and Jackson Rathbone as Jasper. Billy Burke also returns as Charlie Swan. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE is filming on location in Vancouver, BC.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE brings back members of the Quileute Indian Nation; the classmates of Bella and Edward; and the legendary Volturi, a venerable coven of vampires who weigh and impose the laws of the vampire world. A cast list for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE appears at the end of this document.
In THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life.
About the TWILIGHT film series
The TWILIGHT film series stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and tells the story of 17-year-old Bella Swan who moves to the small town of Forks, Washington to live with her father, and becomes drawn to Edward Cullen, a pale, mysterious classmate who seems determined to push her away. But neither can deny the attraction that pulls them together…even when Edward confides that he and his family are vampires.
The action-packed, modern day vampire love story and blockbuster success TWILIGHT was released in theatres on November 21, 2008. The second installment of the film franchise, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON directed by Chris Weitz and starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, will be released November 20, 2009.
Melissa Rosenberg wrote the scripts for all three films in The TWILIGHT film series.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE Cast List
Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan
Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen
Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black
Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen
Peter Facinelli as Dr. Carlisle
Elizabeth Reaser as Esme Cullen
Kellan Lutz as Emmett Cullen
Nikki Reed as Rosalie Hale
Jackson Rathbone as Jasper Hale
Chaske Spencer as Sam Uley
Bronson Pelletier as Jared
Alex Meraz as Paul
Kiowa Gordon as Embry Call
Tyson Houseman as Quil Ateara
Gil Birmingham as Billy Black
Tinsel Korey as Emily
Bryce Dallas Howard as Victoria
Cameron Bright as Alec
Charlie Bewley as Demetri
Daniel Cudmore as Felix
Dakota Fanning as Jane
Additional Returning Cast Members
Billy Burke as Charlie Swan
Sarah Clarke as Renee Dwyer
Anna Kendrick as Jessica
Michael Welch as Mike
Christian Serratos as Angela
Justin Chon as Eric
New Cast Members
Xavier Samuel as Riley
Catalina Sandino Moreno as Maria
Jack Huston as Royce King
Julia Jones as Leah Clearwater
BooBoo Stewart as Seth Clearwater
Jodelle Ferland as Bree
What do you think about the casting of Leah and Seth, as well as the Bree reveal?