Even the most amateur of movie biz followers knows that stars of mega-franchise movies face a huge hurdle when it comes to finding work later But then again, for every Elijah Wood or Mark Hamill, there’s an Emma Watson or Harrison Ford. Which category will the Twilight cast fall into? We’re taking a close look at all the movies our favorite vampires and werewolves have lined up here, and while we were a bit surprised to see who’s dance card is all filled up and whose IMDb page is looking a little blank at the moment, we’re also choosing to see those empty calendars as great opportunities. Especially now that casting directors must be noting all the cash that Breaking Dawn – Part 2 brought in over the weekend. In the meantime, here’s what we’re looking forward to from the cast next:
Robert Pattinson: Rob seems hellbent on defying any and every box you might want to place him in, post Twilight, so his range of projects is vast. In pre-production, he’s got Mission: Blacklist, in which he’ll play a military interrogator who helped find Saddam Hussein; Hold On to Me, in which he’ll play the love interest of Carey Mulligan, who’s plotting to kidnap the town’s richest guy; The Rover, about car thieves in the Australian Outback; and Queen of the Desert, about early-20th-century archaelogist Gertrude Bell (played by Naomi Watts). Then it looks like he’ll be re-teaming with Cosmopolis helmer David Cronenberg for something called Maps to the Stars. We’re breathless after just summarizing all that.
Kristen Stewart: By contrast, KStew found herself telling E!, “I’m kinda desperate to get a job right now,” on the BD2 black carpet last week. After the release of On the Road in December, she’s got nothing official on her plate. But there are three possible flicks for her: Snow White and the Huntsman 2, which she might star in after all, despite rumors the movie was going in a different direction. Also, there’s Focus, the heist movie starring Ben Affleck. She’s also said to be in the running for Lie Down in Darkness, based on a novel by William Styron about a seriously screwed up family living in 1950s Virginia. On the other hand, Kristen had a very busy 2011, so we can also picture her taking a bit of a break — maybe perfecting her sax skills — and then making something huge a little later down the line.
Taylor Lautner: We think the disappointing box office take of Abduction may have caused Taylor (or his people) to opt for a breather before grabbing all the offers coming his way. We think his decision to make the comedy Grown Ups 2 his next movie is brilliant, though. We’ve seen in the Twilight movies and a number of little videos along the way that he’s got comedic chops to go with those abs. But then he’ll use those abs again in Tracer, which is, no joke, a parkour movie.
Peter Facinelli: The Cullen patriarch is the only cast member currently taking the TV route, with a regular gig on Nurse Jackie. He’s also currently filming Gallow Hills, a thriller about an American and his fiancee who run into trouble in a rundown inn in Bogota.
Elizabeth Reaser: After a brief stint on The Good Wife, Carlisle’s Mrs. has nothing else in the works at the moment. We rather liked her in Young Adult last year, so maybe Jason Reitman can put in a good word for the world’s sweetest vampire?
Nikki Reed: Nik kept herself quite busy in the past year, when she wasn’t getting married and recording ditties with hubby Paul McDonald. She’s got four movies in the can: Pawn, which stars lightweights Michael Chiklis, Forest Whitaker and Ray Liotta, about a robbery/hostage situation gone wrong; In Your Eyes, a Joss Whedon-penned movie starring Zoe Kazan about telepathically connected strangers who fall in love — Nikki plays “a really fun character [with] a goofy Southern accent,” she told E!; Empire State, with Liam Hemsworth, Dwayne Johnson, Emma Roberts and Shenae Grimes, about friends who try to rob an armored car; and Snap, about a dub step musician who falls in love with a social worker, played by Reed. Amazingly, only one of these roles required a terrible wig.
Kellan Lutz: We’ll be able to enjoy the beefy vamp’s perfectly sculpted shoulders in another action movie coming soon: Java Heat, in which he plays an American posing as a grad student in Indonesia as he plots his revenge for a terrorist bombing. We’ll see less of him and more of his, er, essence, when he plays the title role in the motion-capture-made Tarzan.
Ashley Greene: The bubbly beauty recently wrapped work playing Lisa, the daughter of legendary CBGB owner Hilly Kristal in CBGB, and we’re certainly looking forward to seeing her in all the awesome ’80s outfits that role is sure to entail. And last we heard, Ashley was in talks for the horror flick Satanic, about a group of college students attacked in their dorm over Thanksgiving.
Jackson Rathbone: Judging by his IMDb page, the actor’s got a lot of time to spend taking care of his new son and rocking with his band 100 Monkeys, because he has no more projects lined up. He does have a couple of indies in the can that we don’t know when will see the light of day: The Foxes Den, about a lawyer who finds his calling as a lounge singer and the most interesting post-Twilight project of the bunch (which was actually shot a few years ago), DaZe: Vol. Too (sic) – NonSeNse. It also stars Gary Busey, and, well, you should just watch the trailer.
Mackenzie Foy: Last but not least, Hollywood has been eager to get little Renesmee and her perfect face into movies left and right. The 12-year-old is starring in the coming-of-age story Plastic Jesus; the ’70s-set ghost story The Conjuring (with Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga); and Wish You Well, about a girl who moves from New York to Virginia to live with her great-grandmother (Ellen Burstyn) in the 1940s. Crossing our fingers she won’t have to undergo the weird CGI treatment for any of those.
So, fans, whose post-Twilight career are you most looking forward to? What are your dream roles for these kids? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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