Given the non-stop deluge of attention she's received in the past several years, the obsessive fans, and the privacy-invading paparazzi, it was natural to assume that Kristen Stewart would be done with the vampire genre altogether once shooting on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 had wrapped. But apparently Stewart's still up for more fun and hijinks with the undead if the script (or paycheck) is good enough. Because the mumbly twenty-one-year-old has just signed a three-picture contract to star as the title heroine in Fox's Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot movie series. More after the jump.
The initial news that the reboot would occur sans input from Buffy's creator, beloved genre auteur Joss Whedon, was met with derision by the character's fans. But Fox boldly moved to counter the potential loss of legions of Buffy loyalists by hiring an actress who will bring with her new armies of admirers. And even Whedon thinks Stewart's a great choice. In a Fox press release issued today, Whedon remarked, "If Buffy has to wear a new face, I couldn't imagine a better one than Kristen Stewart's. I mean, have you SEEN Adventureland? Girl brings the self-pity like no one else. Besides, Scarlett's busy with Avengers. "
Fans are now wondering who will comprise the new Scooby Gang, Buffy's team of steadfast friends and fellow vampire hunters. This morning, Facebook, Twitter, and countless blogs exploded with speculation. And our sources tell us Fox already has a roster of talent in mind. Looks like Anna Kendrick is up for the role of Buffy's best pal and right-hand witch Willow, Jackson Rathbone could essay everyman Xander, Ashley Greene may portray the vain Cordelia, Taylor Lautner will likely get hairy once more as teen wolf Oz, Michael Sheen is very close to signing on as Buffy's "Watcher" Giles, and Dakota Fanning's in the running to play Buffy's kid sister Dawn. Meanwhile several pundits have linked Robert Pattinson to the role of Angel. (We've reached out to the actor's publicist, but are still awaiting reply.) One thing that's certain is the film's writer-director team – none other than Stephenie Meyer (making her screenwriting debut) and Catherine Hardwicke, fresh off her instant masterpiece of adolescent angst Red Riding Hood.
Fans can look forward to a long-awaited return to Sunnydale when Buffy the Vampire Slayer 3D hits theaters summer 2012.