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'Twilight' sees light earlier than expected

August 26, 2008|By BRIGITTE GREWE / Pulse Correspondent

Since the 2005 release of Stephenie Meyer's novel, "Twilight," fans have always dreamed of what the main characters Edward and Bella would really look and sound like beyond the book.

Now Summit Entertainment brings "Twilight" to life in a romantic movie coming to theaters on Friday, Nov. 21.

"Twilight" was to originally premiere on Friday, Dec. 12, but with the film release date of "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" being pushed back from Nov. 21 to July 17, 2009, "Twilight" was moved up.

According to a Summit Entertainment press release, the date move "allows the studio to both bring the film to the written-series' enormous fan base sooner, and to present the film in more theatres prior to the holiday movie-going season where traditionally screen time for any popular film is limited."

Late last year, actress Kristen Stewart ("Panic Room," "Into the Wild") was cast as Bella Swan, a teenager who moves from Phoenix to Forks, Wash., where she meets the mysterious Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson, who is better known as Cedric in the "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire").

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Bella and Edward fall in love, but there are constant troubles that come between them - especially when you love a vampire. Yep, Edward is a vampire, but one who lives differently from the rest of the vampire world. While most of the vampire population drinks human blood, the Cullens drink animal blood.

Fans bombarded Web sites telling those in charge of the film that Edward's casting was important. And some, at first, weren't even sure about Pattinson. However, Meyer assures fans on her Web site that Pattinson is "an amazing actor" who portrays Edward perfectly and she always knew he was going to be good. She also says that she never anticipated he would end up looking "just like the Edward in my head" and he's the "best Edward."

Filming for "Twilight" started in February, but casting wasn't completed until April, according to Meyer's Web site. The script was co-written by Melissa Rosenberg and Karen Rosenfelt. Meyer reports that producers Mark Morgan and Greg Mooradian and director Catherine Hardwicke have found the perfect spot to create her fictional Forks in nearby Oregon.

Meyer said on her Web site that her book is in good hands and that Summit Entertainment won't fail her or her readers.

Want more?

See more of Stephenie Meyer's comments on the "Twilight" cast on this video on YouTube called "Stephenie Meyer - Talks about the Twilight Movie."

Check out Stephenie Meyer's Web site for all the updates on the "Twilight" movie at www.stepheniemeyer.com/twilight_movie.html.

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