From bloodsucking evil vampiress to hateful bigot in 1960s Mississippi. Bryce Dallas Howard, who replaces Rachelle Lefevre as Victoria in the June 30 release of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” has been cast as an antagonist in the Tate Taylor-directed adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling 2009 novel, “The Help.”
Deadline New York reports that Howard will take the role of Hilly Holbrook, a “beehive hairdo-wearing busybody” liked by few who channels that frustration into her own racist treatment of her African-American maids. Howard joins a cast that already features Viola Davis in the role of Aibileen and “Zombieland” star Emma Stone in the role of Skeeter.
The book on which the movie will be based unfolds from the perspectives of three different characters: Skeeter, a white woman who comes home after college to discover that the maid who helped raise her is gone; Aibileen, a middle-aged black maid mourning the recent loss of her only child; and Minny, a black maid whose attitude has not exactly earned her much support from past employers. Each of the three stories cross over with one another, painting a picture of family life and segregation in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi.
“The Help” is Stockett’s debut novel. A well-reviewed summer 2009 release, the author spent five years working on the book and was rejected by around 50 agents before it was picked up for release.
Howard had a strong 2009, with “Terminator Salvation” and the theatrical release of the Tennessee Williams-scripted “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond.” Her 2010 will be even stronger, with the next “Twilight” movie out in June and planned releases for Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter” and the Jonathan Levine-directed, Seth Rogen-starring project that was formerly titled “I’m With Cancer.”
After the full trailer made its way out earlier, another sneak peek at “The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse” has been brought forward in the form of a brand new featurette. The freshly-outed video puts its focus mostly on the vengeance of Bryce Dallas Howard’s Victoria and teases some of the action scenes to be expected.
A part of the special features offered on Walmart’s “The Twilight Saga’s New Moon” DVD, the sneak peek has three of the leading stars, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart, explaining why Victoria has a pivotal role in this third movie. Howard herself explains what her character seeks, saying “With James, it was a game, you know, it was a hunt. In this film it’s vengeance.”
Reeling in more never-before-seen footage from behind the scenes, the featurette gives out first look at Leah and Seth Clearwater. It also shares glimpses of the newborn vampire army in action and some of the fight sequences. Cast member Michael Welch additionally talked about the importance of the director. “They’re going to go a little more intense, a little darker. That’s part of the reason why they got David Slade who is traditionally a very dark director,” he said.
The third movie in the “Twilight Saga” series, “Eclipse”, finds Bella once again being surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. Amidst all that, she is forced to choose between Edward and Jacob, knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf.
Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz and Peter Facinelli are among other original cast members reprising their roles. Bryce Dallas Howard comes in to take over Victoria from Rachelle Lefevre. Xavier Samuel, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Jack Huston are some of the new members. “Eclipse” is scheduled for a U.S. release on June 30.
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Hear that increasingly loud thumping sound? That’s the collective heartbeat of females everywhere racing as The Twilight Saga: Eclipse approaches. The movie’s release is still several months away, but Twilighters of all sexes and species (human, werewolf, vampire, etc.) are already foaming at the mouth. Maybe you haven’t aligned yourself with Team Edward or Team Jacob. And maybe you haven’t kept up with every Eclipse detail. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
In Eclipse, Bella Swan once again finds herself surrounded by danger as the city of Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she’s forced to choose between her love for Edward Cullen and her friendship with Jacob Black — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the struggle between vampire and werewolf. With graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision she’s ever made: life or death.
The film began shooting in mid-August under the direction of David Slade (30 Days of Night, Hard Candy); he takes over the reigns from Chris Weitz. Slade worked from a script by returning scribe Melissa Rosenberg, which was of course based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling book. Principle photography officially wrapped on October 29.
Several new actors are joining the Twilight family including Bryce Dallas Howard as Victoria. Howard replaces actress Rachelle Lefevre who played the character in the previous movies. Also new are Xavier Samuel as Riley, Catalina Sandino Moreno as Maria, Jack Huston as Royce King, Julia Jones as Leah, BooBoo Stewart as Seth, and Jodelle Ferland as Bree.
Continuing in the series as members of the Cullen family are Ashley Greene as Alice, Peter Facinelli as Carlisle, Elizabeth Reaser as Esme, Kellan Lutz as Emmett, Nikki Reed as Rosalie, and Jackson Rathbone as Jasper. Billy Burke also returns as Charlie Swan. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is filming on location in Vancouver, BC.
i>The Twilight Saga: Eclipse brings back members of the Quileute Indian Nation; the classmates of Bella and Edward; and the legendary Volturi, a venerable coven of vampires who weigh and impose the laws of the vampire world. A cast list for film appears at the end of this document.
Eclipse will be the first movie in the series to be presented in IMAX. So, if you’ve ever wanted to drink in the majestic sight of a five-story high Robert Pattinson, well… here’s your chance!
The fourth and final installment in the series, Breaking Dawn, may start shooting as early as this spring. Word on the street is that Summit is mulling splitting the flick into two parts.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse hits North American movie theaters on June 30, 2010.
It’s going to be a little “Eclipse” reunion on the set of the film tactfully titled “Seth Rogen Untitled Cancer Dramedy.” According to Variety, Bryce Dallas Howard is joining Anna Kendrick and the rest of the A-list cast on the film once titled “I’m With Cancer.”
Adding to the class reunion is Summit Entertainment, who will be distributing the film, as well as Vancouver, the set location for both this film and “The Twilight Saga”. Fortunately, the two sexy male stars of this film aren’t Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, but rather Seth Rogen and James McAvoy.
Though the replacement title seems to label Seth Rogen as the leading man, the film’s synopsis says it’s James who is really the star of the show. The film is said to be about a 25-year-old (James) who finds out he has cancer, and that the character is based on screenwriter Will Reiser’s real-life experience after he was diagnosed with the disease in his mid-20s. It seems to bode well for James’ character that Will lived to tell the tale.
Since so little is known about the plot of the film, it’s hard to say what role any of the cast will play in the final print. It’s definitely going to be exciting to see Anna’s and Seth’s very different brands of comedy face off against James and Bryce, who we haven’t really seen show off their comedic chops (unless you consider “Wanted” or “Lady in the Water” comedies).
The film still seems a bit far away from a production start date, so hopefully we will see a few more A-listers added to the billing sheet but, if not, these four names are exciting enough to get us to keep this movie in mind as the weeks go on.
Full swing into toddlerhood and Bryce Dallas Howard reveals that 2 ½-year-old son Theodore ‘Theo’ Norman’s age made this past holiday season particularly challenging.
“It’s this age where you get to really start to introduce concepts because he’s speaking … and we had the interesting challenge of introducing Santa Claus,” she shares while visiting The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien recently.
As husband Seth Gabel is Jewish and Bryce herself a “Connecticut W.A.S.P,” the actress admits the situation was “tricky” to say the least! “We don’t want to lie to him,” she insists.
“My husband was like, ‘I’m game for this Santa Claus idea, but can we find a compromise so that he doesn’t have some crippling paradigm shift when he’s 8 [and realizes that] Santa Claus isn’t real?’”
Conjuring up a story that portrayed Santa Claus as “a spirit” that appears during the season of giving, Bryce laughs that Theo wasn’t convinced! “Our son immediately was like, ‘Santa Claus? Who’s Santa Claus?’ And we were like, ‘Well, Santa Claus gives us gifts in this spirit,’ and he’s like, ‘Santa Claus? Where’s Santa Claus?’” she says.
As Conan suggested that the first-time parents are “totally over-thinking this,” Bryce shares that he is not alone in his belief; Her father, director Ron Howard took a similar stance on the matter. “That’s kind of what my parents said,” she reveals. “They were just like there’s reindeer, he flies.”
Despite Bryce and Seth’s determination to be “good parents,” the couple eventually waved the white flag.
“We just lost our way and finally we’re just like, ‘Yeah, he’s approximately 300 lbs., comes down through the chimney, [and] you get a lot of gifts. It’s fantastic.’”