Following a night of camping out in the mild San Diego night where they met, took pictures with and received autographs from the Breaking Dawn cast, Twihards packed Hall H en masse to bid their beloved franchise farewell. Well, at least farewell from Comic-Con.
The panel included cast members Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Elizabeth Reaser and Edward and Bella Cullen’s daughter Renesmee aka Mackenzie Foy. The cast was joined by author Stephenie Meyer.
Before launching into Q&A, we saw new footage from the upcoming second part of Breaking Dawn, including the first seven minutes of the movie.
Director Bill Condon introduced the first clip which picks up right where Breaking Dawn - Part 1 left off. The seven minute clip is essentially about Bella realizing her new powers now that she's become a vampire. As she and Robert Pattinson's Edward mumble about being the same temperature and loving each other, a dangerous realization crosses their minds. Bella needs to feed.
What follows is an extended race through the forest culminating in Bella stalking a fawn grazing on some leaves. Her attention is diverted as she sees a rock climber who has slipped and scraped his knee. The fresh blood entices Bella who races up the side of a large cliff with Edward in pursuit trying to stop her. He succeeds and the pair return their attention to the fawn.
The problem with that however, is that a mountain lion is also stalking the fawn and in perhaps one of the most unbelievable pieces of CGI ever witnessed, Kristin Stewart leaps off a rock just in time to tackle the mountain lion as it leaps in for the kill.
The clip culminates with Edward and Bella meeting Taylor Lautner's Jacob, some banter about Bella looking the same and Jacob's werewolf stench and fade scene on Stewart's line to Jacob, "You want to meet Renesmee?"
Another clip featured the Cullen coven instructing Bella on how to appear human in advance of her meeting with her father, Charlie. The clip served to try and show off the film and Stewart's comedic side. Twihards loved it, the rest of Hall H, not so much.
The panel wasn’t all goodbyes and bittersweet nostalgia. As had been rumored a few days leading up to the Twilight panel, Meyer surprised the Hall H crowd by introducing new never-before-seen footage from The Host, another film adaptation from a book she authored.
The intent was pretty obvious here – hook the Twilight crowd onto Meyer’s sci-fi thriller so that when The Host hits theaters on March 29 next year, it’ll do Twilight-esque numbers at the box office.
Footage shown introduced us to the main players - Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder/Wanderer and Diane Kruger as The Seeker. Essentially, Ronan's Stryder has been infected with an alien parasitic soul called The Wanderer. There were also a few chase sequences and a confrontation between Jake Abel's Ian O'Shea and Max Irons' Jared Howe inside an underground bunker. William Hurt also makes an appearance firing off a shotgun to break up the skirmish.
Twihards were enthusiastic about the film. Granted the genre is completely different from the romantic melodrama of the Twilight saga. The panel concluded with members of covens around the world taking the stage in an Avengers-esque moment where everyone posed for pictures.
Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 hits theaters November 16.
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By "one of the most unbelievable pieces of CGI ever witnessed", do you mean unbelievable as in it's awful CGI like the first installment of the series, or unbelievably good? So sorry to hear about the death of the fan. That's so sad. A life lost for something so tragically stupid :(
DHart, Hate to see them go, but they shouldn't get caught up in the same films, it may ruin their image, but by golly, they sure gave all of us a good heart throb moves, and loved them all.
CORRECTION- Edward said to Bella,"You want to meet Renesmee?' NOT Bella to Jacob! There were two moments of silence during the panel to honor the death of the fan. She was jaywalking across the street and got hit by car, she should've used the cross walk, otherwise she would still be alive.
That Kristin Stewart is really turning into a young hottie! She was always too "goth-like" before but NOW? Mama mia!!!!
I hope that they took a moment to remember the poor lady who died wanting to attend that part of the program. For those who don't know, a lady was hit by a car and died as she waited to enter the convention center. That could happen to anyone. Remember that life that was taken away by an over aggressive driver and may it never happen again. RIP
I couldn't get into the book 'The Host'. It just couldn't hold my attention so I stopped trying. I think the movie will be better ( I hope). This book was not nearly as good as the Twilight one's.
The most exciting part of this article was mention of The Host! I really enjoyed that novel. I'm excited to see it on film!
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