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The 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn' Countdown: Who Has Breakout Star Potential


Every time I turn around it seems like some film is being promoted as “The Next Twilight”. Now personally I don’t think anything is “The Next Twilight” anymore than I thought Twilight was “The Next Harry Potter”. I always want to ask those folks, “A wizard coming-of-age tale and a vampire romance are the same how exactly?” On the other hand, giving these well-intentioned people the benefit of the doubt, they are probably talking about the next big breakout hit. In any case this whole “The Next” obsession got me thinking. Who is the next Twilight Saga star to hit that the next level of success? Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner are all now A-list stars. So when it comes to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, who’s got breakout, superstar potential.

The first three movies certainly shot Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson into the stratosphere, and Taylor Lautner joined them once his role increased starting with The Twilight Saga: New Moon. So does The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 have the potential to showcase anyone? Consider the first part of the novel Breaking Dawn. Two characters leap to the forefront as major players: Seth and Leah Clearwater. Seth has that endearing, boy-next-door quality, and Leah is every fan’s favorite, female bad-ass. Assuming page time equals proportionate screen time, Booboo Stewart as Seth and Julia Jones as Leah have the potential to get to that next level.
There is one obstacle that might stand in their way that oddly enough is a film selling point, and that is CGI. Without quality CGI the films just wouldn’t succeed, but it comes at a price. Fans fell in love with the character of Seth Clearwater at the end of the novel Eclipse where he co-defends Bella, along with Edward, from Riley and Victoria. Unfortunately for Booboo Stewart, when it came time to show that scene in the movie, it was all CGI. It’s hard for even the most devoted fan to have an emotional connection with of a giant CGI wolf that doesn’t talk. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet both Booboo Stewart and Julia Jones at several of the Creation Entertainment Official Twilight Conventions. They both have that indefinable spark that captures fan attention. This is especially true with Booboo Stewart. I’ve seen Twilight fans from age twelve to seventy come in as Twilight Saga fans and leave as Team Booboo fans. So if Booboo Stewart and Julia Jones can get some film time as real people rather than CGI wolves, there’s a chance they’ll hit that next level.
On the other hand there are other actors who are Twilight Saga connected from the previous films whose careers are really starting to take off. Rather than just go with what my ideas were, I decided to put out a call on Twitter and ask some of my fellow fans and fan site operators from around the globe what their thoughts were. Overwhelmingly, it came down to three people: Anna Kendrick, Jamie Campbell-Bower, and Kellan Lutz.
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