- The first “Twilight” movie was released in 2008 and led to four additional films, all starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
- “Bohemian Rhapsody” star Rami Malek played an Egyptian vampire in the final film.
- Even Anna Kendrick, who played Bella’s friend named Jessica, completely forgot she was in “Twilight.”
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When the first “Twilight” film hit theatres on November 21, 2008, it led stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner to become widely recognised actors. The saga (based on novels written by Stephenie Meyer) also featured already established stars like Billy Burke in addition to other rising talents.
Here are 11 celebrities you probably forgot were part of the franchise.
Michael Sheen played Volturi leader Aro, who had the ability to read a person’s thoughts and access their memories just by touching them.
He was always trying to recruit vampires who could be assets to the Volturi, like Alice Cullen.
“I like the idea that Aro is someone that has sort of gone crazy through being immortal,” Sheen told The Hollywood Reporter in 2012. “He’s just bored to death. He’s seen everything, done everything, and that kind of boredom, the same old things, has kind of driven him a little bit mad.”
Garrett was played by “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Hobbit” actor Lee Pace.
Unlike other vampires that stayed within one coven, Garrett preferred to be nomadic. He met Kate, a member of the Denali coven, in “Breaking Dawn: Part 2” and fell in love with her.
“Jurassic World” star Bryce Dallas Howard joined the franchise as Victoria in “Eclipse.”
In the first two films, the antagonist was played by Rachelle Lefevre. After Lefevre accepted a role in “Barney’s Vision,” whose filming schedule overlapped with plans for “Eclipse,”Summit Entertainment recast the role of Victoria.
Vladimir was played by “Castle Rock” and “Shameless” star Noel Fisher.
He was part of the Romanian coven, which had a rivalry with the Volturi.
Prior to “Pitch Perfect” and “A Simple Favour,” Anna Kendrick’s role as Jessica was one of her earliest acting gigs.
She was one of Bella’s human friends at Forks High School and the valedictorian of her graduating class.
“I was the sassy, awkward friend who broke up the relentless succession of intense stare-downs with musings on boys, tanning, and various school gossip. It was a sweet gig,” Kendrick wrote in her book, “Scrappy Little Nobody.”
In November 2018, the actress hilariously remembered that she was in the “Twilight” movies.
Caius was portrayed by Jamie Campbell Bower, who fans might recognise as young Grindelwald in “Fantastic Beasts.”
He punished Irina for wrongly assuming that Edward and Bella’s daughter, Renesmee, was a child who got turned into a vampire (which is considered a crime).
Irina Denali was portrayed by “Fear the Walking Dead’s” Maggie Grace.
Her family was close to the Cullens because of their decision to be vegetarians. Irina was killed at the hands of the Volturi in “Breaking Dawn: Part 2.”
Oscar-winning “Bohemian Rhapsody” star Rami Malek portrayed Egyptian vampire Benjamin in “Breaking Dawn: Part 2.”
He was able to manipulate the four elements: earth, wind, water, and fire. The Cullens also turned to Benjamin for help in their battle against the Volturi.
Ruthless Volturi member Jane was played by Dakota Fanning.
She had the ability to inflict others with the illusion of pain.
“This is a character that really takes pleasure in causing people pain,” Fanning told Entertainment Weekly in 2009. “And that’s kind of a fascinating character to get to play. So that was definitely one of the reasons that I wanted to do it.”
Before becoming a Disney Channel star, Booboo Stewart joined the franchise as wolf pack member Seth Clearwater.
He was the younger sibling of Leah Clearwater.
One of the few humans in the saga, lawyer J. Jenks, was played by “Suits” star Wendell Pierce.
Pierce appeared in the final movie as a lawyer who met with Bella and forged documents for Jacob and Renesmee.
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