Aussie Teen Xavier Samuel Cast in Twilight Eclipse

THR has the first name of the first new castmember for the third “Twilight” movie, “Eclipse”, which is set to shoot a scant month or so from now and hit theaters in 2010. The actor is one Xavier Samuel, who according to THR’s Risky Biz Blog, will play a “newborn vampire” by the name of Riley, described as a good-looking college student who joins the plot of the movie’s villain, Victoria to murder everyone’s favorite gal, Bella (to once again be played by Kristen Stewart). Apparently ol Riley is corrupted by Victoria, for whom he has an inexplicable weakness. And by “weakness” I think they mean she’s a girl. If that’s the case, er, all boys have inexplicable weaknesses. Am I right boys? Anyways.

“Eclipse” will be Samuel’s first Stateside role, having appeared in such Aussie flicks as “Newcastle”, “September”, and “Road Train”, three movies you’ve probably never seen, much less heard of. Ol Samuel better get ready for the “crazy teen girl screaming” phenomenon after this. That tends to happen lots when Twilight is involved.

“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” will be directed by David Slade of “30 Days of Night” fame, and should prove to be the franchise’s darkest installment, given Slade’s pedigree. That is, unless Summit Entertainment reins him in. Which would be silly if they did, being that, well, they knew who they were getting when they hired him, right?

In “Eclipse”, Bella must choose between werewolf Jacob and vampire Edward. Plus, that Victoria chick is trying to murder her. Run, Bella, run!

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