By Nicole Sperling
Updated July 28, 2010 at 12:00 PM EDT

Sources confirm to EW that Lee Pace, the star of the short-lived series Pushing Daisies, is in negotiations to co-star in Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Summit Entertainment wouldn’t confirm the casting, but sources say his name rose to the top after he read for the role of Garrett, Edward’s best friend in the final book of the saga, last week. E! Online first posted news of this casting yesterday.

The hiring will mark director Bill Condon’s first casting decision since coming on board the mammoth project, which will be split into two movies. The first half of Breaking Dawn will bow on Nov. 18, 2011. Most recently Pace, an Oklahoma native, co-starred in When in Rome, A Single Man,and Marmaduke.

Production is set to begin in October in Louisiana and Vancouver.