'New Moon' Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need To Know

We've compiled our can't-miss coverage for Twilighters to check out before heading to the theater.

MTV News has a straight-up ridiculous amount of original "Twilight" franchise content — on-set interviews, intimate sit-downs with cast and crew, exclusive clips and photos and more.

As we reach Friday's (November 20) opening of [movie id="414921"]"New Moon,"[/movie] we had to reach back into our archives and pull out some of the very best stuff — both for the hard-core fans who can't get enough of [movieperson id="365131"]Robert Pattinson[/movieperson] and [movieperson id="262629"]Kristen Stewart[/movieperson], and for those casual observers who are trying to get up to speed before hitting the theater this weekend. Without further ado, check out MTV News' "New Moon" cheat sheet.

Would Taylor Return?

Following the $380 million success of "Twilight" — with its story of forbidden romance between Pattinson's vampire Edward Cullen and Stewart's high school girl Bella Swan — there were two big questions: Would Taylor Lautner reprise his role as werewolf Jacob Black for "New Moon," and who would direct the sequel?

After the departure of "Twilight" helmer Catherine Hardwicke, the choice for a director was up in the air, and Chris Weitz got the call. His task? Take the story about Bella's heartbreak after Edward leaves her and she begins to develop an attachment to Jacob and fashion it into another blockbuster hit. The other question was answered when Lautner hit the gym, packed on 30 pounds of muscle and re-secured his role.

The First Visions Arrive

As the cast headed to Vancouver to begin filming, the first peeks at "New Moon" began to trickle out. MTV News debuted the first official logo, a photo of the vaunted wolf pack appeared and set pics leaked out. Finally, the first footage arrived in May — at the MTV Movie Awards, of course.

Meet the Volturi

After the trailers and the photos, we finally got a look at the Volturi, those powerful bloodsuckers who have become a royal governing authority in the vampire world, delivering violent justice to anyone who threatens their way of life: Jane (Dakota Fanning), Caius (Jamie Campbell Bower), Alec (Cameron Bright), Marcus (Christopher Heyerdahl) and Aro (Michael Sheen).

More of Everything Twilighters Crave

As we got closer to the film's release, studio Summit Entertainment continued to pump out content that all the fans desired. The cast and crew gave us a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to create the wolf pack and the Volturi; clips of Lautner, Stewart and Pattinson popped up on the Web; and then, at September's MTV Video Music Awards, we debuted yet another trailer.

The Stars Speak

By November, the opening of "New Moon" was just weeks away and the cast sat down with MTV to talk all things "Twilight." Pattinson spoke about his relationship with Stewart, his performance in the film and what's next in his career. Stewart discussed the changes in her character from the first to the second movie, how she's watched Pattinson become a more confident person and what audiences will find truly shocking in "New Moon." Lautner chatted about the dark times when he was almost replaced, what he's most proud of in the film and the qualities he shares with his character.

The Future

What, you haven't heard about "Eclipse"? And "Breaking Dawn"? "New Moon" is just the second film in what could eventually become a five-picture saga, if "Dawn," as rumored, is split up into two separate movies. The "Twilight" franchise will be around for years to come. And we promise: MTV News will be covering it from every angle.

Check out everything we've got on "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."

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