Twilight Director Picks Jacob Elordi and Jenna Ortega as Today’s Edward and Bella

The characters, originally brought to life by Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, have become synonymous with vampire romance in popular culture. But what if the saga was rebooted today? Catherine Hardwicke, the director behind the first “Twilight” movie, has some interesting casting ideas.

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In a recent discussion on the Happy, Sad, Confused podcast, Hardwicke shared her thoughts on who could step into the shoes of these beloved characters. For the brooding vampire Edward Cullen, she sees Jacob Elordi as a fitting choice. “Jacob Elordi…I mean, he’s amazing. He probably would be Edward today. Exactly,” Hardwicke remarked, endorsing the Australian actor known for his role in “The Kissing Booth.”

On the other hand, the role of Bella Swan could be reprised by Jenna Ortega, according to Hardwicke. Ortega’s performances in “Wednesday” and “Scream” demonstrate her capability to embody Bella’s character. This potential casting sheds light on how different actors might reinterpret these roles in the current era.

However, Elordi himself might have reservations about joining such a high-profile franchise. His experience with “The Kissing Booth” series left him wary of mainstream Hollywood projects.

In a GQ interview, he labeled the films as ‘ridiculous’ and emphasized his desire for more creatively fulfilling roles. “It can become 15 for them, none for you. You have no original ideas and you’re dead inside. So it’s a fine dance,” he explained.

The original “Twilight” series, spanning five films from 2008 to 2012, was a box office sensation, grossing over $3.3 billion worldwide. It catapulted Pattinson and Stewart to stardom and created a fervent fanbase.

Pattinson recalled the experience as hectic but now views it with fond nostalgia. “It’s lovely now that the mania is not so intense…Now the intensity has died down and it’s just very warm memories,” he shared with USA Today in 2019.

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