By Dave Campbell | July 17, 2009
Gather ’round Twilighters! It is now being reported by the Hollywood Reporter that young Australian actor Xavier Samuel, is the first new actor to join the cast of the Twilight sequel, Eclipse (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse).
Samuel, has appeared in the films Newcastle and September and will play Riley, a newly born vampire who is instrumental in an evil plot to slay Bella (Kristen Stewart).
Below is a snippet of Riley’s bio based on the novel Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer:
Riley was among the first humans, if not the first, that Victoria changed into a vampire so as to form her army. She needed an older vampire to help control the newborns. To get him to work with her, Victoria told him that she loved him and convinced him to serve her faithfully. He corralled the other new vampires and told them what their mission was and what they were supposed to do.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will see our heroine Bella (Kristen Stewart) torn between her true love with vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson), and her friendship with Jacob (Taylor Lautner) the shape-shifting wolf-boy, while a new threat emerges from an insurgent army of new vampires.
Director David Slade and cast will begin shooting The Twilight Saga: Eclipse on August 17, with production set to wrap on Halloween in Vancouver Canada.