The first time I attended Comic-Con was the first time Twilight came to the massive geek gathering. I can still hear the shrieks, probably because I was in Hall H for the franchise’s final installment, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. This year’s panel began on a somber note, and there was a brief moment of silence for the Twilight fan who died on Tuesday. After the moment of silence, lead actors Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner were brought to the stage and met with the cheers they’ve always received at Comic-Con. The trio are joined by Mackenzie Foy, who plays Renesmee. Author Stephanie Meyer then takes the stage, making this her first Hall H appearance since the first movie. We then get a special video message from director Bill Condon, who’s currently in London working on the sound mix for Part 2. He tells the audience that the best way to start this panel is to pick up where Breaking Dawn – Part 1 left off. Hit the jump for my full recap of the panel.
Summit has released eight hi-res images from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. These images were released last week, but now they’re available in high resolution. You know you want to see hi-res Volturi Dakota Fanning being all evil and stuff.
Hit the jump to check out the images and click here for the latest trailer. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Mackenzie Foy, Tracey Heggins, Judith Shekoni, Casey LaBow, MyAnna Buring, Christian Camargo, Mia Maestro, Cameron Bright, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Billy Burke, Rami Malek, and Maggie Grace. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 opens November 16th.
We’ve got a few casting stories for you this evening. First up, Scarlett Johansson is set to star in John Carney’s (Once) music-oriented film Can a Song Save Your Life?. The Sunday Business Post Online (via The Playlist) reports that Judd Apatow will produce the pic, which centers on “a washed-up A&R man who forms a passionate bond with a young singer-songwriter (Johansson) from out of town.” Carney wrote the screenplay, and Mark Ruffalo and Jim Carrey have been rumored for the male lead. Filming begins in New York next year.
Additionally, Wizards of Waverly Place star Jake T. Austin has landed the role of Huck Finn in Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn. Joel Courtney (Super 8) is in talks to take on the role of Tom Sawyer. Variety reports that Austin is in final negotiations to star in the adaptation of the Mark Twain classic, which Jo Kastner is directing with filming expected to get underway this August in Bulgaria. Hit the jump for the casting news of Mia Maestro joining Oliver Stone’s Savages.
While the Sundance Film Festival doesn’t begin until January, we’re bringing you the first images from films that will be screened at the festival. Today we bring you two films that will premiere out-of-competition at the festival: The Details and The Music Never Stopped. The Details stars Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, and Dennis Haysbert. The film tells the story of the chain reaction of events that occur following the discovery of worms living under the sod in a couple’s backyard by raccoons.
The Music Never Stopped stars J.K. Simmons, Julia Ormond, Cara Seymour, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Mia Maestro. The film centers on a father attempting to connect with his son, whose brain tumor prevents him from forming new memories. Hit the jump to check out images, as well as a brief synopsis for both films. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20 – 30th.
Maggie Grace was recently cast as Irina Denali in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, but fans of the book know that she’s just one of the Denali coven. Courtesy of Heat Vision, we now know will play four other members:
- MyAnna Buring (The Descent) is Tanya, the leader of the clan who has a crush on Edward
- Casey LaBow (Skateland) is Kate, who can produce an electric current that shocks anyone she touches
- Christian Camargo (Dexter) is Eleazar, a Spaniard who has a knack for identifying the fits of others
- Mia Maestro (Poseidon) is Carmen, the kind mate of Eleazar who appears to know many languages
They of course join Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and the rest of the returning cast members for the final chapter of the Twilight Saga. The Bill Condon-directed Breaking Dawn will be separated into two parts, the first of which hits theaters on November 18, 2011; Part II drops on November 16, 2012. Hit the jump for the official synopsis of Stephenie Meyer’s book.