Life About To Change For 'New Moon" Wolf Pack

Life About To Change For 'New Moon

Last week's widely anticipated announcement of the New Moon wolf pack marked the official new beginning for the five Native American actors chosen for the part.

They are already the subject of feverish fan-site activity by Twilight nation.  And this is just the beginning.

"These kids are kids whose life is going to change," casting director Rene Haynes tells Celebuzz in an exclusive interview. "They are now stars."

"And right now they are just getting the tip of the iceberg."

Welcome to Twilight-mania, wolf pack.

Haynes handled the Native American casting for the Twilight sequel. Her final wolf pack choices include Chaske Spencer, Alex Meraz, Bronson Pelletier, Kiowa Gordon and Tyson Houseman.

"They are all good kids," says Rene. "They have good heads on their shoulders. I think they'll navigate these waters the best they can."

"I've told them, make wise choices from here on out. This is what you've been working for. Don't mess it up."

Just to give you an idea of the fan intensity, IMDB's star meter showed Meraz's star ranking rose 25,566 percent in popularity this week (the shirtless picture at the top sure don't hurt).

Haynes' office set up an extensive nationwide search to find the actors. They searched their database of up-and-coming Native American actors. There was a call-out for video auditions, which brought in 600 tapes ("I watched them all," she says). There was also open auditions, including one in Vancouver which brought out thousands of hopefuls. Houseman was the lucky attendee who not only auditioned on that day, but also earned a part.

"Every single aspect was successful," says Haynes.

It was crucial to Haynes — who specializes in Native American casting − that each of the characters chosen was of Native American descent. "It was important to the filmmakers," says Haynes. 'That is why they hired me. And that was my job."

Future stars

Perhaps the hardest choice was that of casting Spencer. While Haynes declines to say what part the actor was cast for, fan sites have speculated Spencer is set for the part of Sam - a pivotal wolf pack leader who plays a prominent role in future installments.

"He's someone I feel is going to be a star," says Haynes. "I have cast him before. He's always done lovely work. It's awesome to know that it's time for this young actor to have a great breakout role like this."

It wasn't a sure thing when Spencer auditioned, even after meeting casting director Joseph Middleton in NY for a powerful reading.

"It was a very long process," says Haynes, pointing out there were many strong candidates for the part. "It was up and down, up and down. But he floated to the top."

She's now sure she's found her man. Spencer is an experienced veteran who has worked with Haynes on a number of projects. "He's an emerging young actor who has paid his dues," says Haynes. "This isn't just someone we picked off the street. He's studied and ready for this."

Another choice receiving a lot of buzz in the Vancouver shooting is Meraz. Haynes can see the appeal. "Alex is a professional dancer," she says. "He is definitely a rising star in the Native American community."

While all the actors are studly, the big question is, are they as studly as the bulked-up leader Taylor Lautner? "All the roles require a lot of physicality," Haynes assures us. "They're all quite fit."

Hubba Hubba!

 

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  • alexf341
    alexf341

    Very nice site!

  • alexa581
    alexa581

    Very nice site! is it yours too

  • RACHEL
    RACHEL

    I LOST ALL TRAIN OF THOUGHTS!!!!! HUBBA HUBBA OR I CAN SAY FLAMING HOOOO0O0O0O0OTTT

  • KYLIE JO
    KYLIE JO

    HE IS SO FINE !!!!!!!! LOOK AT THAT BODY!

  • amy
    amy

    omg alex meraz is soo freaking hot ! I want that he imprint on me ! sexy badass haha I can't wait to see him in new moon !

  • maryane
    maryane

    OH HOT DAMN!! DIS IS MY MAN!! lol

  • Jordon:)
    Jordon:)

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMGGGGGGGGGGGGG!! I GOT HIS POSTER TODAY AND I HAVENT TAKEN MY EYES OFF THAT SEXY THANG SINCE THEN. I WOULD LET THAT WOLF BITE ME ANY DAY :) & WHENEVER I SEE HIM IN TWILIGHT I PUASE IT WHERE EVER HE IS AND JUST STARE AT HIM !!!!!!!! I LUV U TAYLOR!!!! :))))))

  • woofwoof
    woofwoof

    Awwww some nesss. Who let the wolfs outttt! woof woof

  • yay =)
    yay =)

    i was bummed out that it wasn't gonna be like the book but right now seeing THIS wolf pack, i wanna go see it, cuz that is one HOT wolf pack!!! dang!

  • cas
    cas

    [quote=boo rob!]definitely hotter than rob pattinson. robert suck (excuse the pun!). i hated him in harry potter and i hate him even more in twilight and i cannot fathom how anybody can find him even remotely attractive. his teeth is mismatched and his head is too big (literally). he's also an airhead...you can totally see that in the interviews. jeez. what a letdown! Oh my gos ia ms o agree with you i thought that i was the only girl in the world who think that robert p. is not so hot and atracttive and everybody say. dongratulation for say the truth

  • SoFan
    SoFan

    Not really exited about them...some r cute..not all of them. TAYLOR LAUTENER is the hottest...and ofcouser incliding my talented babe ROB PATTINSON(: LOVE THEM BOTH 2 DEATH!!

  • vim
    vim

    hmmm.. if I can't have a CULLEN, then I'd rather have that *wolf* above imprint on me.. lol

  • kysha03
    kysha03

    zOMFG! he is totally Hot! hmmm..also rob and taylor...the director is a good chosing those hot guys in the world.*hands down* Luuurve yuu new moon cast :D

  • mrsnaomicullen
    mrsnaomicullen

    no way is he hotter that robert pattinson, omg 'BOO ROB' how can u hate rpatz? he is not only remotely attractive, but absolutley smokin georgous! he has got a perfect head, for your information, ive got posters in my room and i study them most nights and he is totally perfct! I LOVE HIM! RPATZ FOREVER!

  • edwardandbella1901
    edwardandbella1901

    They are so good I dont know who they will play

  • Edward Fann
    Edward Fann

    I think Robert will always be my favorite...but WOW!!!! They are certainly not ugly....Rob is hotter though....

  • CuttingEdge
    CuttingEdge

    holy hottie!!

  • starshine09
    starshine09

    WOWWW!! Renee you did an amazing job at casting the whole New Moon wolf pack, and Alex what can you say about that hot body. HOOOWWWWWL!!!! Yeah he could imprint me any time! He is so gorgeous. I am also very pleased to see that you, Renee, choose true Native American Indians for the roles. Can’t wait to see everyone in New Moon, not my favorite book, but who knows with all these hot guys it may be I favorite movie!

  • Kessehu
    Kessehu

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! he is so fine! i can barely control my self and YES HE CAN IMPRINT ON ME ANYTIME,... i wont complain :) Jacob is way hotter though ( taylor has an EIGHT PACK, scream with me) all the other wolves are super hot too. did you see the guy for jared? extra delicious. i'm super excited for new moon and jacob fans can finaly rejoice with plenty more screentime for taylor.

  • fanpiretwihard
    fanpiretwihard

    This guy is hotter than Taylor, but you can't compare him to Rob, he has a totally different style and charms. But I think this guy should 've been cast as Jakob, 'cause Taylor still looks like a child... couldnt have put it better myself, completely agree with you

  • damn
    damn

    WHAT!!! Are you out of your minds? How you guys can say that Meraz is more HOT than taylor and rob, come on. You guys have to be joking I LOVE TAYLOR AND ROBERT...forever and ever

  • Christina Ortiz
    Christina Ortiz

    Man, HOOOOTTTTT! Im with the other person, any one of them can imprint on me anytime. But Rob is still my favorite. Glad to see the wolfpack is HOT!

  • helen
    helen

    Id far rather Pattinson and Lutz

  • hannah
    hannah

    Ugly lot. Give me the vampires any day

  • Patty
    Patty

    They are all HOT!! Great choices...new faces is what I wanted for New Moon!!! Great Job Rene :) Robert is HOT in every which way I see him and hear him... Perfect Edward!!!!!!

  • boo rob!
    boo rob!

    definitely hotter than rob pattinson. robert suck (excuse the pun!). i hated him in harry potter and i hate him even more in twilight and i cannot fathom how anybody can find him even remotely attractive. his teeth is mismatched and his head is too big (literally). he's also an airhead...you can totally see that in the interviews. jeez. what a letdown!

  • woofwoof
    woofwoof

    Rene for president! Meraz is a Painter an Actor a Professional Dancer, Charismatic and a Sexy Beast to top it off... hahah Great talent and great casting Rene, excellent interview too.

  • Chelsie
    Chelsie

    So yummy...he even looks like a bad boy

  • Insomnia
    Insomnia

    0_0 Hummana hummana. He can imprint on me (they all can

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer

    I still can't wait to see who they pick for Seth in Eclipse!!! I hope it's my brother

  • haha
    haha

    daaamn. that's all i can say. they are HOT!

  • evita1500
    evita1500

    This guy is hotter than Taylor, but you can't compare him to Rob, he has a totally different style and charms. But I think this guy should 've been cast as Jakob, 'cause Taylor still looks like a child...

  • emma
    emma

    Wow Alex is a professional dancer I didn't know that mmmh makes him even more appealing

  • aida
    aida

    DAMN! HE IS HOT..I COULD DARE TO SAY.. THAT SADLY HE IS HOTTER THAN ROB :( ..BUT I STILL OVE HIM =)

  • iheartcelebs
    iheartcelebs

    HOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

 
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