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Special News Round-Up: Breaking Dawn Casting! (Part 1)

To recap the recent weeks, and I have to start with this: some good folks auctioned out a set visit which ultimately went for a freaking 60-grand USD! (People, that's about 3 Million PHP, depending on the exchange rate... granted, it went to a great cause--Stand Up to Cancer--which I wholeheartedly support but still... HOLY CRAP.)

In the meantime, Rob's already in LA, Kristen is probably wrapping/has already wrapped up On the Road, and Peter tweeted about having wardrobe fittings. Can you feel it? It's almost time for the craziness that is Breaking Dawn.

November is fast approaching and, besides the deliberation of Carlisle's potential fashion, the most exciting and awaited updates we've had have been about casting. I'm certain people are curious as Breaking Dawn has a lot of potential character additions. Will the actor fit? Will Melissa be lambasted for not including this role in her scripts? Will the casting director receive a lot of hate mails? Indirectly quoting Heidi Klum, who will be in and who will be out?

Personally, I wanted to wait until we'd have more people to post but since the suits are taking their time with deciding, let's work with what we have.

Rami Malek as Benjamin. (Source: Access Hollywood.) This bit of news actually hit about two months ago. It's just funny that of all the characters, the role of Benjamin, who won't even be in the first part of BD, was the one to be cast first. I have to admit, Rami is a shoo-in. He was the Pharaoh in Night at the Museum. I guess it doesn't hurt that he also has Egyptian blood.

Maggie Grace as Irina. (Source: Deadline Hollywood.) And we have one-third of the succubi sisters! Maggie was Liam Neeson's daughter in Taken and wow, has she grown. Should be interesting who they'll choose for her sisters, Tanya and Kate, and how she'll handle the role... which, incidentally, won't be until the second parter. Again.

Mackenzie Foy as Renesmee. (Source: EW.com.) This is possibly the biggest casting news yet. (That is, until they cast Tanya Denali, a.k.a., the girl who will make Bella incredibly insecure.) EW seems to have had an air of uncertainty saying that "the 9-year old is inches away from signing on" to the role. But I must agree with everyone else's reactions: she looks perfect! Dare we say, like Kristen and Rob's love child, the idea of which must get the Robstens' hearts out there all aflutter .

I would like to address this part of the article though:
It’s not yet clear how the diminutive actress, who’s appeared in one episode each of television shows FlashForward and ‘Til Death, will portray the character who ages a full 17 years in only seven.
EW, chill. Renesmee doesn't look 17 in Breaking Dawn, not even at the end of the book! (Please, Nessie instantly turning 17 before their eyes and attracting Jacob within 2 hours of screentime is going to make Bella and Edward hyperventilate.) Actually, I think Mackenzie looks just right, if we go with BD's third book time frame--between Bella's vampire transformation and the Merchant of Venice-inspired "non-battle" scene. Considering this, I'm wondering now if our theory about where they're going to split the films proves true: part 1 will end with the imprinting and part 2 will begin with a semi-grown Nessie, then just work with flashbacks.

Of course, again, this would mean Mackenzie's entrance will be in the second film. Oh well. They'll be shooting both parts simultaneously anyway. Let's just see who comes out of the casting bin next.


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