Anticipation for The Twilight Saga: New Moon escalated exponentially after this shot of Robert Pattinson filming shirtless in Montepulciano, Italy, on May 27, 2009, surfaced. Looks like Taylor Lautner wasn’t the only one who bulked up for the sequel.
SPOILER ALERT! Pattinson is presumably filming the scene in which vampire Edward, believing his human love Bella (Kristen Stewart) is dead, steps into the sunlight to expose his sparkling body to the masses. (Literally, in the Twilightverse, vampires’ bodies sparkle in the sunlight like diamonds.) Immortals who threaten to reveal the existence of their kind are punished with death by the watchdog Volturi.
We assume the dots on Pattinson‘s face and torso in this close-up are reference points that will be used in creating that sparkling effect in post-production. That, or they were added simply to distract Stewart from staring at his abs. Acting isn’t easy!
Run, Bella, Run! Bella (Kristen Stewart) tries to reach Edward in time to stop him from drawing attention to himself. Good luck with that!
We can already tell that Stewart‘s and Pattinson‘s hair deliver terrific performances in this film.
Stewart is not the first girl to throw herself at Pattinson, just the first one paid to.
If you think this picture of Bella (Stewart) and Edward (Pattinson) is hot, just wait until you see the close-up…
They weren’t lying when they said Bella’s wardrobe would improve in the second film. Bella (Stewart) and Edward (Pattinson) celebrate their reunion.
Now that that‘s out of the way, get out of the sun, you immortal fool! That’s just us paraphrasing what Bella (Stewart) tells Edward (Pattinson). (We hope.)
Cameras first rolled on The Twilight Saga: New Moon in Vancouver, where Pattinson and Stewart shared this laugh on set.
Pattinson turned 23 during filming.
Taylor Lautner, 17, put on more than 25 pounds of muscle for his role as werewolf Jacob Black.
Alex Meraz, Chaske Spencer, and Kiowa Gordon play members of the Quileute Tribe wolf pack.
New cast member Dakota Fanning walks with fellow vampire Rachelle Lefevre.
Stewart and Pattinson film a scene in what’s supposed to be the Forks High School parking lot.
Though Pattinson‘s character doesn’t play a major role in much of New Moon‘s story, film producers have assured fans that he will play a larger part in the movie.
Stewart, 19, also celebrated a birthday with her New Moon cast mates.
Jackson Rathbone plays Jasper Hale, the newest member of the Cullen vampire coven.
Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene star as Emmett and Alice Cullen.
Nikki Reed and Lutz are reprising their Twilight roles in New Moon.
Pattinson wrote two songs that were included on the Twilight movie soundtrack.
Earlier this year, it was rumored that Lautner‘s role would be recast with someone older.
Anna Kendrick (Jessica), Christian Serratos (Angela), and Justin Chon (Eric) play Bella’s human friends from Forks High.
Michael Welch gets into character as jock Mike Newton.
Pattinson and Stewart film a scene in the school parking lot.
Lautner‘s character ages about 10 years in New Moon (well, his body does), but the young actor’s gym regime helped him keep the part.
Stewart and Kendrick shoot a scene at a movie theater.
Stewart‘s Bella attempts to take her mind off of Edward while at the movies.
Though he won’t be present in Forks, movie sources say Edward (Pattinson) will appear in Bella’s visions.
Pattinson was named one of People‘s Most Beautiful for his ”stunning smile.”
Lautner rides on (presumably) the motorbike Jacob builds with Bella.
Lautner, whose character discovers he has the ability to morph into a wolf, bonds with a dog on-set.
Twilight was Serratos‘ first feature film.
Stewart‘s Bella moves to Forks, Wash., the rainiest city in the United States.
Bronson Pelletier and Spencer are two of the mostly unknown Native American and First Nation actors cast as wolf pack members.