Above: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson as star-crossed lovers in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”.
Love it or hate it, there is no question that “Twilight” has become part of pop culture. You can’t look at vampires anymore without wondering if they sparkle, or read tales of forbidden romance; or without comparing yesteryear’s woebegone maidens to Bella Swan’s existential crisis when she is deprived of Edward Cullen. However, it is also hard when one is so famed for a role because there is always the possibility that they would always be synonymous with the role, like Orlando Bloom with Legolas. So let’s take a look at the three stars of “The Twilight Saga”, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, and see how far they have progressed or will progress beyond the love triangle of “Twilight”.
Before “The Twilight Saga”: How many can remember her role as Jodie Foster’s daughter, Sarah Altman, in the thriller “Panic Room”? Since then, she has appeared in many famous movies such as Jon Favreau’s sci-fi fantasy, “Zathura”; the Pang brothers’ horror, “The Messengers” and Sean Penn’s biographical drama, “Into The Wild” before landing a role as Bella Swan in “The Twilight Saga”.
As Bella Swan: As heroine of “The Twilight Saga”, Bella Swan lives for one thing, or rather, one person only: Edward Cullen. Bella is first introduced in “Twilight” where she moves to her father's home in Forks, Washington, only to meet the mysterious Cullen family, and falls in love. However, she soon discovers that the family is a coven of vampires, although this does not detract her from beginning a relationship with Edward. But when Bella expresses a desire to become a vampire herself, against Edward's wishes in the second film, “New Moon”, Edward and the other Cullens leave Forks in an effort to keep Bella safe from the vampire world. This depresses Bella severely despite Jacob Black’s--a member of the Quileute Native Indian tribe who shape shifts into wolves--efforts to comfort her. She soon comes to care deeply for Jacob, though less than she loves Edward. Then in “Eclipse”, Bella becomes engaged to Edward, and their marriage will take place during “Breaking Dawn”.
After “The Twilight Saga”: Although “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” is scheduled to be released in 2012, post-Twilight, Kristen is lined up for Rupert Sanders’ upcoming adaptation of a Brothers’ Grimm’s fairy tale titled, “Snow White and The Huntsman”. In the movie, she plays the titular character, who trains under the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), in order to take up arms against Ravenna, the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron). However, she cannot seem to shake off her saga roots, as “Snow White and The Huntsman” is actually the first film in a planned trilogy.
Before “The Twilight Saga”: Robert Pattinson first shot to fame with his role as the valiant Cedric Diggory in “Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire”, who died at the hands of the evil Lord Voldemort. During his stint in “The Twilight Saga”, Pattinson managed to obtain several prominent roles such as Tyler Hawkins in “Remember Me” alongside Emilie de Ravin as well as Jacob Jankowski in “Water for Elephants”, which also starred Academy Award-winners Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz.
As Edward Cullen: The object of Bella Swan’s undying love (pun very much intended), Edward sees himself as a monster, which is the reason for his continual rejection of Bella’s pleas for him to transform her into a vampire. Although he retains the features of a 17-year-old, Edward is actually a century old. His adoptive father, Carlisle Cullen, transformed him into a vampire to prevent him from dying in the Spanish influenza epidemic in 1918 and instilled in him a sense of morality uncommon in most vampires. In “New Moon”, Edward's fears for Bella’s safety lead him to leave her in an attempt to protect her. However, Edward finds it difficult to live without Bella, and becomes severely depressed as well. He even attempts to commit suicide after mistakenly learning from his sister Rosalie that Bella has died, but Bella manages to save him in time. In “Eclipse”, Bella agrees to marry Edward while Edward agrees to turn Bella after they are married.
After “The Twilight Saga”: Pattinson’s upcoming film is “Cosmopolis” in 2012, directed by David Cronenberg of “Eastern Promises” fame, where he plays a millionaire who goes on a trek across Manhattan to get his hair cut. Seriously.
Before “The Twilight Saga”: Before actually getting his big break in the "Twilight Saga", Lautner hardly got the girls to notice him as he appeared in small bit roles for comedy series such as "The Bernie Mac Show" and "My Wife and Kids". He also had a brief stint in "Cheaper By The Dozen 2" and had his first main movie role in "The Adventures Of Sharkboy And Lavagirl".
As Jacob Black: Lautner’s character is a shape shifting wolf that harbours love for Bella, and utmost disgust for Edward. When producers held an open casting call to look for a Native American character for the "Twilight Saga", Taylor Lautner was picked to play Jacob Black. However for the second film, "New Moon", Lautner almost got replaced due to the major physical changes his character had to go through and producers thought he couldn’t make the cut. That is until, a very determined Lautner went on a major workout that made him the beast (pun intended) that he is today. If he didn’t pull through, actor Michael Copon would have been playing his role today.
After “The Twilight Saga”: Although "The Twilight Saga" has another movie coming out next year to conclude the series, Lautner is already looking towards establishing himself as a huge action star. He recently held up the lead role in "Abduction" alongside Phil Collins' daughter, Lily Collins, and we got to say that Lautner has definitely got the action chops indeed. Apart from action, Lautner is also rumoured to be teaming up with Oscar winner Gus Van Sant, to make a small-budget film based on a nonfiction article from The New Yorker sometime in 2012.