Tuesday, August 31, 2010

'Breaking Dawn' News Wrap: Facts, Rumors, And New Cast Member!

As the start of Breaking Dawn production gets close, we're getting more filming and casting news.

Today Rami Malek who is best known for his role as an Egyptian pharaoh in "Night at the Museum,"
became the first confirmed new cast member to join the Breaking Dawn family. Malek broke the news while talking to Entertainment Tonight.

Malek will appear in the second film as Benjamin, the Egyptian vampire who can control the four elements.
Malek told ET that he was thrilled about his upcoming role in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2." "I think it's going to be great," said Malek. "It's going to be super exciting and I'm thrilled," Malek said of joining the superstar cast that includes Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner.

And he might very well take part in that "big battle scene" everyone including Melissa Rosenberg is talking about. If you've read the book, you know there is *spoiler alert* no battle in the battle scene. But according to dailyblam.com which claims to have inside production info, that will all change for the film version. In fact, there will allegedly be plenty of action:
The scene will be the final confrontation between the Cullen clan, who are joined by the Quileute wolf pack and their friends, and the Volturi. The scene, most of which is taken directly from the novel, has been extended to include several physical fights. It is expected that many Twilight fans will be flocking to Louisiana when the studio begins filming in the area; which is why the exact area the production team has decided on is being kept tightly under wrap.
Dailyblam.com claims the battle scene will be filmed at a location near Baton Rouge. And according to local TV station WBRZ, there is plenty of buzz around town ahead of the start of production this fall:
"Each production is like a small army, so you're having to feed a small army, you're having to house them, you're having to entertain them," said Mulhearn.

In the case of "Twilight," Baton Rouge will also benefit from the twi-hards.

"What you'll see is much like what 'Steel Magnolias' did for Natchitoches," said Stelly. "People go to Natchitoches to this day to see the house in 'Steel Magnolias.'"
In the meantime, Production Weekly just announced that Breaking Dawn production offices are up and running as well in Vancouver. We'll share updates as we get them!


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