Principal photography has begun on Summit Entertainment's The Twilight Saga's New Moon, it was announced today by Erik Feig, Summit's President of Production. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner reprise their roles as Bella Swan, Edward Cullen and Jacob Black. Academy Award-nominee Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass) is the director. New Moon is filming on locations in Vancouver, BC and Tuscany, Italy.
Also rejoining the movie are Ashley Greene as Alice, Peter Facinelli as Carlisle, Elizabeth Reaser as Esme, Kellan Lutz as Emmett, Nikki Reed as Rosalie, Jackson Rathbone as Jasper, Edi Gathegi as Laurent, Rachelle Lafevre as Victoria and Billy Burke as Charlie Swan.
New cast members include the legendary Volturi, a venerable coven of vampires who weigh and impose the laws of the vampire world, as well as two new members of the Quileute Indian Nation. The Volturi include Charlie Bewley as Demetri, Jamie Campbell Bower as Caius, Daniel Cudmore as Felix, Christopher Heyerdahl as Marcus, all Volturi enforcers. Dakota Fanning plays Jane, a high ranking and powerful Volturi member and Cameron Bright is Alec, her brother. Noot Seer plays Volturi member Heidi. Michael Sheen plays Aro, the Volturi leader. Graham Greene appears as Harry Clearwater, Quileute tribal leader and old friend of Bella's father Charlie. Tinsel Korey is Emily, the fiancé of Sam Uley.
In New Moon, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love Edward (Robert Pattinson) but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and she finds her loyalties tested.
Jamie Campbell Bower was last seen in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd and is the lead singer of the band The Darling Buds. Daniel Cudmore played Colossus in the X-Men films, X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand. Dakota Fanning was last seen in Summit Entertainment's sci-fi thriller Push and provided the lead voice in the animated feature Coraline. Graham Greene earned an Academy Award nomination for his work in Dances with Wolves. Chrisopher Heyerdahl has appeared in such films as The Chronicles of Riddick and Blade: Trinity. Tinsel Korey has worked on numerous films and television shows, from Into the West to The Lookout opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt. She is also a singer/songwriter. Vancouver-born Noot Seer began modeling at age 13 and has lived in New York, Barbados, Guyana and New Zealand. She was a champion horseback rider prior to her modeling career. She made her film debut in the comedy Head Over Heels, starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Monica Potter. Michael Sheen last starred opposite Frank Langella in Ron Howard's film Frost/Nixon, and played Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair to Helen Mirren's Queen Elizabeth in The Queen. The award-winning actor was recently seen in Underworld 3: The Rise of The Lycans.