Take for instance Ty Olsson (pictured). The 36-year-old actor best known for his work in “2012” and “X2” is a dead ringer for the balding, middle-aged attorney James Jenks that Bella deals with several times over the course of “Breaking Dawn.” He has a fairly important part in the story, so it makes a lot of sense that an established actor would be cast in the role instead of a newcomer, like some of the new vampires were. Keep reading after the jump to see the other seven actors cast and which of the remaining roles—Isle Esme employees? J. Jenks and associates? Volturi posse?—we think they’ll be playing.
Then there’s Wendell Pierce, a seasoned actor thanks to roles in “The Wire” and “Treme” who seems to match the vague description given for Jenks’s in-between man Max. He is described as having “crinkly black hair” and “dark skin” that was “smooth and perfect,” a contradiction to his teeth that were “white and straight.” Though his age isn’t given, it can be assumed that an older man (like Wendell) would be working for Jenks, and not someone younger.
Then there are two of the most important characters in the second half of “Breaking Dawn”: Nahuel and Huilen. Nahuel is described as having skin that is an “impossibly rich, dark brown,” “warm teak” eyes and hair that was “black and braided, too, like the woman’s, though not as long.” Amadou Ly might not have that hair in the pictures we’ve seen online, but the 22-year-old Senegalian actor definitely satisfies Nahuel’s description in every other way.
It seems very likely that Hispanic actress Carolina Virguiez will be playing Huilen, who is (based on the information in the book) probably in her 20s or 30s and is described as a “small olive-toned female vampire with a long braid of black hair.” Since Huilen is Machupe, an indigenous inhabitant of south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina, Carolina seems like a perfect match, but she also could be playing Kaure, a Brazilian employee at Isle Esme described as being “a slight female” with a face “creased with lines.”
Brazilian actor Sebastiao Lemos seems the most likely choice to play Gustavo, the other Brazilian employee at Isle Esme. He is described as “a round man” whose face is also “creased with lines.” We’re a bit more sure about his casting than we are Carolina’s.
We have a gut feeling that Olga Fonda, who has had bit roles in “Melrose Place” and “How I Met Your Mother,” will be playing Renata, Aro’s shield vampire. Renata doesn’t get a physical description in the book (or many lines), but there’s something about the way Olga carries herself that makes us think she’d be totally badass as Renata. That makes Janelle Froehlich, best known for “Hacienda Heights,” the best choice to play Chelsea, one of the Volturi guard who is important in “Breaking Dawn” because of her ability to change others’ loyalties. Like Renata, she doesn’t get a physical description, but she spends a lot of time with Alec and Jane and we figure she’ll probably look physically younger, like they do.
That leaves Japanese actor Masami Kosaka as the last of the eight actors, who has the lucky role of being the man to make Edward and Bella husband and wife. Who else would he be playing but Angela Weber’s father, Mr. Weber, who conducts the wedding ceremony at the beginning of the film. Coincidentally, Masami also worked alongside Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning in “The Runaways” as “Japanese journalist.” At least he’ll be a bit more memorable in “Breaking Dawn: Part 1”!
Now for the characters still to be cast. Depending on who Carolina is playing, either Huilen or Kaure are still up for grabs, and there’s also the final Amazonian vampire Kachiri to be cast. We’re unsure whether European Nomads Charles and Makenna are being included in the films, and there are a couple new wolves and Volturi available for actors just looking to be seen and not heard.
Check out our flipbook of the entire “Breaking Dawn” cast…so far!
Do you think our casting selections are accurate?