Mandi Bierly
July 17, 2009 AT 07:47 PM EDT

Director David Slade has cast his first new role in Eclipse, the third film in the Twilight series. Summit confirms that Australian actor Xavier Samuel has been tapped to play Riley, Victoria’s favorite recruit in her army of newly-turned, strong-but-inept vampires built to aid her mission of murdering Bella. Unknown in the States, Samuel has costarred in the layered Aussie surfing film Newcastle. (Watch the trailer; he’s dark-haired, Clash T-shirt wearing Fergus). Below, a clip from the movie in which Samuel enters at :46. After the jump, a shirtless scene. (What?) And a couple of trailers for another film called Further We Search.

What do you think of Samuel’s casting? I buy him as a college student who would fall prey to Victoria…

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