Eclipse (marketed as The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and also known as Twilight 3: Eclipse) is the third installment of the Twilight film series based on Stephanie Meyer‘s bestselling novel of the same name and following 2009’s New Moon (which is about to hit theaters worldwide next month). Filming for Eclipse began last August 17 and is expected wrap up on October 31, 2009.
Eclipse is currently being helmed by British director David Slade (30 Days of Night). New Moon director, Chris Weitz, was not able to return for Eclipse because of New Moon’s post production.
The film will star Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, reprising their roles as Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, and Jacob Black, respectively. Melissa Rosenberg will be returning as screenwriter. Rachelle Lefevre, who played Victoria in the previous two installments, will not be returning due to scheduling conflicts; instead, Bryce Dallas Howard will play Victoria.
Jodelle Ferland has been cast as the newly turned vampire, Bree. Other new cast members include Xavier Samuel as Riley, Jack Huston as Royce King II, Catalina Sandino Moreno as Maria, Julia Jones as Leah Clearwater, and Boo Boo Stewart as Seth Clearwater.
Meanwhile, Summit released the international character posters for New Moon featuring Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson: