Remember a year ago when Summit Entertainment was hoping that Twilight would become a cult hit? Life was so much simpler then, wasn’t it? But ever since Twilight proved itself to be a massive hit at the box office, things have been different. Bigger names are being brought in to help tell the tale, New Moon is just a few months away from hitting theaters. Let’s take this opportunity to break down the cast of the Twilight Saga:

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have been living their lives under a microscope ever since landing the lead roles in the first Twilight film. Stewart was slightly more well-known at the time than Pattinson but the story is a familiar one by now.The Twi-hards, who up until then only had the use of their imaginations to get a picture of the sparkly, chivalrous, dreamboat vampire of Stephanie Meyers’ novels in their heads, collectively decided to hate Pattinson’s guts and began to petition against his casting – until Summit wisely began to release pictures of him in costume as the marble-skinned Edward. An obsession was born that has led to mobs of girls following Pattinson’s every move, but surprisingly, it hasn’t yet translated to interest in seeing him in other films. Stewart, on the other hand, has had buzz building for months around her upcoming rock biopic The Runaways. As Bella, she’s merely tolerated by some Twilight fans, and downright hated by many more, but that’s what tends to happen to actresses who take on a role that every girl familiar with the character has pictured herself in. I predict that Stewart will survive the Bella backlash and eventually emerge with a long and fruitful career.

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What do you think – is the ‘Twilight’-cast stuck to the role of Vampires/Shapeshifters? Will the future bring big roles for them? Or go they back where they had been – supporting actors at more or less unknown movies?