It’s an out and out cornucopia of “Twilight” connections. Catherine Hardwicke, the director who launched the franchise that started it all behind the camera, Emily Browning – who famously turned down the chance to be Bella Swan – as the star, the franchise’s first bad guy Cam Gigandet as her husband, and now “Eclipse” bad guy Xavier Samuel is in too.
Variety reports Samuel has signed on to play another villainous role in Hardwicke’s LA-set thriller “Plush”, previously reported to be about a psychic psychologist (Gigandet) and a young girl who shares his gift (Browning). That appears to have been completely off base, as the plot actually revolves around Browning as a rising rock star who begins to downward spiral after losing her brother to a drug overdose. She’s married to Gigandet’s character, but finds solace in new a new bandmate (Samuel) regardless. That turns out to be a horrible idea as he begins to show his true psycho self. Filming begins at the end of this month in LA.
Samuel starred in very well-received films in his native Australia, including surf drama “Newcastle” and cult horror fave “The Loved Ones”, and seemed on the brink of a Hollywood breakout when he was cast in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”, though he has since mostly retreated back to doing movies Down Under. He’ll soon be seen in another surfing drama, this time opposite Sam Worthington in “Drift”, as well as shark attack horror “Bait” and dark family comedy “Two Mothers” (formerly “The Grandmothers”) opposite Naomi Watts, Robin Wright and James Frecheville.