‘Twilight Saga’: New Blood From ‘Taken’

EXCLUSIVE: Maggie Grace will play a new vampire threat to Kristen Stewart’s Bella in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.  Grace, who played Liam Neeson’s in-distress daughter in Taken, will play the role of Irina in the final installments of the Stephenie Meyer novel, which director Bill Condon is directing in two separate films.

Irina is a member of the Denali coven, considered cousins to the Cullen clan as the only other “vegetarian” vampire group. When Irina blames the Cullens for the death of her lover, her actions set in motion a terrifying chain of events. The first of two pictures will be released by Summit Entertainment on November 18, 2011, followed by the finale on November 16, 2012. Melissa Rosenberg is writing both scripts, and Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Meyer are producing. Grace just completed the Dwayne Johnson-starrer Faster for CBS Pictures and re-teamed with Taken producer Luc Besson in Lockout, the outer space saga that stars Guy Pearce as a wrongly convicted man offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter (Grace) from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates. Grace is also waiting to reprise in Taken 2. She is repped by UTA and Global Creative.

Comments (25)

  • She’s great! Happy to see more casting info. for the movie.

    Comment by Erica — Monday September 27, 2010 @ 3:13pm PDT  
  • Good choice but she doesn’t have Nordic features. They should find blonde girls with European backgrounds. While we’re at it, may I suggest Camryn Manheim as Siobhan. She would be great for this role, as she is Peter Facinelli’s friend.

    Comment by toona — Monday September 27, 2010 @ 4:50pm PDT  
  • Great role, why the long face?

    Comment by BD — Monday September 27, 2010 @ 4:53pm PDT  
  • Love her ! A good Irina ?
    I want to see that movie NOW!

    Comment by Lina! — Monday September 27, 2010 @ 4:58pm PDT  
  • Great choice! Maggie is gorgeous and very talented.

    Comment by Cameron — Monday September 27, 2010 @ 5:27pm PDT  
  • if she’s the perfect choice, it remains to be seen..

    Comment by jen — Monday September 27, 2010 @ 5:47pm PDT  
  • Yes, she will be a great Irina, I think.

    Comment by Tracy — Monday September 27, 2010 @ 7:07pm PDT  
  • Is it just me, or does she actually kind of look like nikki reed, too…

    Comment by elmo — Monday September 27, 2010 @ 9:53pm PDT  
  • Wasn’t Irina like in two scenes in the book? It’s the problem with Twilight. They cast actors, it’s get publicity and then they are in the movie for 5 seconds. Like with Dacota Fanning or Cameron Bright. Even that Cullen family – they go to all publicity events, get on the pages of magazines like they are major characters too. And then in the movie they stay as furniture in the background and got 10 words to speak.

    Comment by Shy — Monday September 27, 2010 @ 11:02pm PDT  
    • That’s my beef with the movies too, Shy. Any story obviously has main characters and supporting characters. But, the problem with adapting these Twilight books to the screen is that they keep cutting out parts of the books that deal with the supporting cast. They have practically no presence in the screen adaptations…very two-dimensional. In the first movie, for example, the Cullen family had a combined minute of screen time and yet those actors have been given the full on, “A-list” media treatment since the beginning. Nikki Reed might have said two lines in that entire movie – she may have said even less in New Moon.

      Comment by law — Tuesday September 28, 2010 @ 9:08am PDT  
    • I totally agree with you. It seems that every pretty face in Hollywood is hoping for a shot at sucking some blood in the Twilight movie. Doesn’t really matter though, nobody is going to see the movies because they are so great. Everyone is just going to see Edward Cullen.

      Comment by Film Genius — Tuesday September 28, 2010 @ 1:10pm PDT  
    • that is the way the book was written.so deal with it!

      Comment by Koryn — Saturday October 2, 2010 @ 12:39am PDT  
  • Her tan in that pic is horrific though. Something more flattering pur-lease!

    Comment by justanindiekid — Tuesday September 28, 2010 @ 12:23am PDT  
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