UPDATE 2:40 PM: Summit has just confirmed that Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, and Nikki Reed will all return as members of the Cullen Family in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN. These cast members join Billy Burke as Charlie Swan.
9:40 AM: Really, my eyes glazed over at the recent ruckus that those secondary actors were demanding as much as $4 million each to do the 4th and 5th installments of the Twilight Saga. (Summit Entertainment still hasn’t confirmed my scoop that Breaking Dawn will be split into two pics.) I’m all for higher pay for thesps, and Summit has tons of cash to spread around. But in this case Summit gave these actors their big break, and offered them 10 times what they’d made in the first movie, and could have replaced every one of them with hungry unknowns had it not been for the execs’ fears of offending fans. (Remember how that redhead got axed? And the Twi-hards got over it?) Anyway, I’ve learned that Kellen Lutz and Elizabeth Reaser and Nikki Reed have finally closed their deals. And I hear deals are about to be done with Jackson Rathbone and Ashley Greene. And I have no idea whom any of these actors are.
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