Happy New Year, fellow Twi-Hards. I hope you've all resolved to watch a little more "Twilight" this year ("Eclipse" was only number four at the 2010 Box Office, we can do better than that!).
Wondering what's in store for "The Twilight Saga" cast this year? Thankfully, we know they're all currently shooting "Breaking Dawn" and "Part 1" will be released on November 18. But since that's like -- I don't know -- 5,000 days away (not exact math), I'm sure I'm not the only one curious to know what other projects our favorite young actors have hitting our local cineplexes this year.
I've taken the liberty of calling them each up individually, or spending an excessive amount of time on IMDB (one or the other), to bring you the scoop on what these "Twilight" stars have in store.
While a popular blockbuster made her career, all of Stewart's other role choices since becoming Bella Swan are in the sexually devious, art-house wheelhouse. She plays a cheating carny in "Adventureland," young Joan Jett in "The Runaways" and a teenage stripper/prostitute in "Welcome to the Rileys." Interesting, right?
In 2011, Stewart will continue to grace low-budget features with her million-dollar pout.
Francis Ford Coppola, after owning the movie rights to Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" for 31 years, is finally producing an adaptation with Sam Riley as the main character Sal Paradise and Garrett Hedlund ("TRON: Legacy") as his party-crazed cohort Dean Moriarty. Stewart is playing Moriarty's first wife Mary Lou, who is a partier, openly flirtatious and sexually devious (natch). When her husband abandons her, she sleeps with one or two or nine sailors to get even. (This one doesn't have a release date yet, but we're hoping it makes its way to theaters as planned in '11.)
In addition, Stewart and her mother are still trying to get funding for "K-11." Called one of the strangest projects in Hollywood, KStew would play a male-to-female transsexual prisoner with autism and Mama KStew would make her directing debut. All I'm saying is, if playing a male-to-female transsexual prisoner with autism doesn't win Stewart an Oscar, I don't know what would.
You can tell from Pattinson's movie choices that he wants fans to love his brain, not just his looks. Watch out Rob, it took Brad Pitt years to be taken seriously. Pattinson has played a seriously gay Salvador Dali in "Little Ashes" and the seriously dramatic Tyler Hawkins in "Remember Me." Now he's slated for two period dramas in 2011. "Water for Elephants" will open on April 22, and casts Pattinson alongside Academy Award winners Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz. Hopefully his acting chops are strong enough to stack up against them, and also the elephant.
The other film is called "Bel Ami," and no it's not affiliated with the gay porno company of the same name (in case you were wondering). It's based on French author Guy de Maupassant's second novel, published in 1885, and stars Pattinson as a young Parisian climbing to power by manipulating the city's wealthiest women. "Bel Ami" doesn't yet have a release date, but you can be sure they'll be some intensely dramatic love scenes with he and co-stars Christina Ricci and Uma Thurman. Or so a guy can dream.
This year Lautner will flex more of his famous muscles as the star of "Abduction," scheduled for a September 23 release. The thriller, which is described as "Bourne-like," follows Nathan Harper (Lautner) as he tries to find the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website. Of course, the truth doesn't end up being at all easy, and Harper must punch, and kick, and drive his motorcycle really fast away from shadowy government figures. His hardcore fans can only hope he still gets really hot and has to take his shirt off.
Since he died in "Eclipse," Samuel won't be back for "Breaking Dawn." However, you can catch him this year in the thriller, "Bait." Set in Australia, it's about a tsunami that traps a group of shoppers in a mall with tiger sharks. Better than "Snakes on a Plane," it's SHARKS IN A MALL.
Bryce Dallas Howard and Anna Kendrick
These ladies couldn't be further away from each other in the "Twilight" storyline, but they're teaming up in 2011 for "Live With It." Also starring Joseph-Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anjelica Huston, the movie is a black comedy about 27-year-old guy who's diagnosed with cancer. It's from director Jonathan Levine, who made the sublimely funny and not-wack-at-all "The Wackness."
The man who plays Jasper Hale will get into full art-house mode starring in this year's "DaZe: Vol. Too (sic) – NonSeNse." Also featuring Gary Busey and recently-deceased Andrew Koening (Boner from "Growing Pains"), the trailer looks like Andy Warhol rose for the dead to make one last feature. Rathbone will also star in "Zombie Hamlet," which promises to mix Shakespeare, a movie within a movie, and of course, zombies.
By looking at 2010's upcoming projects, you may think Greene is the biggest star here. She's in FIVE different movies that should all be released this year, not including "Breaking Dawn." "Skateland," "Butter," "LOL," "A Warrior's Heart" and "The Apparition" don't look like they'll be the biggest blockbusters, but she stars in all of them. "LOL" is probably the most notable, because she appears alongside teen queen Miley Cyrus -- but isn't that like cheating on "Twilight"?
This beefy actor also has four other films in the works this year, including "A Warrior's Heart" with Greene. Going heavy on ACTION, Lutz appears in "The Killing Game" with Samuel L. Jackson and "Immortals" with Mickey Rourke (in which he plays Poseidon!) while also lending his voice to the animated "Guardians of Luna."
Since dropping out of "K-11," Reed's main project is potential blockbuster "Catch .44" with Bruce Willis, Malin Akerman and Forest Whitaker. The thriller promises a psychopathic hit man, a grizzly trucker, and a delusional line cook, so I'm already there.