CAST: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Directed by David Slade.
BACK STORY: So you're a senior in high school and your vampire boyfriend has just agreed to grant your wish of immortality on one condition -- that you marry him first. What do you do? It's just one of the supernatural conundrums facing Bella Swan (Stewart) at the outset of the third installment in the big-screen movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling young adult novels.
Not only is 18-year-old Bella grappling with wedding her beau, Edward Cullen (Pattinson), she's also trying to work out her feelings toward her werewolf best friend, Jacob (Lautner), and she's being stalked by a menacing army of bloodthirsty "newborn" vamps under the control of the evil Victoria. Which leaves little time to prep for the SAT.
The film's behind-the-scenes creative team had big questions of its own that had to be resolved before "Eclipse" could go before cameras last August in Vancouver, Canada -- namely who would direct the movie. Slade, who previously had helmed the R-rated movies "Hard Candy" and "30 Days of Night," was hired, according to producer Wyck Godfrey, because he could bring a fresh aesthetic and an edgier sensibility to "Eclipse," which is the darkest entry in the series.