Robert Pattinson’s character of Edward Cullen will not be relegated to the sidelines in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, according to the cast and crew of the film at a press conference in San Diego yesterday.
“It’s Edward’s voice in the book, so I guess it would probably look pretty cheesy if it was just my voice [over the top of footage],” said Pattinson. “They’ve done these hallucinations, sort of semi-visible apparitions.” The footage showing a few of these apparitions was screened to fans during the Summit panel at Comic-Con, held in Hall H and filled to max capacity with hundreds of people still left queuing for the off-chance of getting in outside. Our reporters tell us that their ears are still ringing.
However, the trade-off for this enhanced role for Pattinson, clearly the major selling point for the Twilight film franchise, is that the character is not necessarily that of Edward Cullen proper. “[Spectral Edward is] how she remembers him, not necessarily how he actually is,” said Kristen Stewart, who plays Bella Swan. During the press conference, Taylor Lautner also related how hard he worked to retain the role of Jacob Black, which takes centre stage for the sequel owing to the absence of Edward Cullen for most of the novel, during his self-imposed exile and eventual suicide attempt.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon is due to be released in November this year.