Dakota Fanning Headed for ‘New Moon’?

Celebuzz | January 22, 2009 - 10:20 am

While the verdict is still out on High School Musical babe Vanessa Hudgens joining the cast of New Moon, another young actress appears to have thrown her hat in the ring to star in the sequel to hit vampire flick Twilight.

E! Online reports that talks are underway for The Secret Life of Bees wonder kid Dakota Fanning to take on the role of Jane in New Moon.

In Stephenie Meyer’s book, Italian vampire Jane—a member of the powerful and deadly Volturi coven—is a key, briefly appearing character.

“There were no auditions,” said an E! source. “They just offered it to her outright, and now they’re in negotiations. They’ve been going back and forth.”

If it ends up being a go, Fanning, 14, would join cast members Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and the recently-confirmed Taylor Lautner.

Shooting for New Moon is scheduled to begin in March, with American Pie and Golden Compass director Chris Weitz at the helm.

Twilight has grossed nearly $185 million at the U.S. box office.