Actor Xavier Samuel of the film 'Newcastle' poses for a portrait at the Amex Insider's Center during the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival on April 27, 2008 in New York City.

The Hollywood Reporter is saying that young Australian actor, Xavier Samuel, has become the first ‘new’ actor to join the cast of Twilight threequel, Eclipse – and who are we to doubt them?

Samuel, who so far has managed to avoid Neighbours and Home & Away while learning the ropes on a series of small homegrown films like Newcastle and September, will play Riley, a newborn vampire who is instrumental in an evil plot to kill mopey heroine, Bella (Kristen Stewart). Boo! Hiss! Etc. etc.

But the main thrust of the third movie to be based on one of Stephenie Meyer’s novels will be the choice that Bella must make between her vampire lover, Edward (Robert PaaaaaaaaiiiiiiEEEEEEEttinson) and the werewolf, JacAbs (Taylor Lautner). So it’s a choice between a guy almost entirely covered in hair, or a werewolf. Ba dum dum tisch, here all week…

Diddy David Slade is directing the movie, which starts shooting next month, thanks to Summit’s determination to get the movies into cinemas while the Twilight iron is still hot. Only time will tell if they’ve made the right decision. Time and great big whacking sacks of cash. 

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