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High-Rent Character Actor Takes Low-Rent Twilight Role

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 13, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 13, 2009 |

Michael Sheen, who has recently been cast as Tony Blair for the third time (opposite Julianne Moore’s Hillary Clinton), is not exactly taking his career in a direction I’d hope. He’s got five decent projects on the horizon, including the amazing-looking Damned United, and a psychological thriller, Unthinkable, opposite Samuel Jackson, as well as a role as the White Rabbit in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

And now we can add the next Twilight movie, New Moon. In it, Sheen — who has (gloriously) played a werewolf in all three Underwold movies — will now jump the Underwold fence and play a vampire. He’s set to play Aro, the leader of the Volturi, an Italian coven of vampires, in the Chris Weitz directed film. In the film, Bella (Kristen Stewart) will be drawn toward the werewolves while being threatened by the Volturi. I’m sure our Stephenie Meyer fans have a much better understanding of what’s going on there, though I doubt any could explain how the hell Weitz managed to snag one of the best character actors around to play the part. You just don’t go from an Oscar-nominated film to … Twilight, even if he does play long-haired bad-ass incredibly well (Jesus: Explain how Tony Blair got so fucking ripped?)

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