No Vanessa Hudgens as Leah Clearwater in 'New Moon'

Vanessa Hudgens

Acknowledging the rumor linking Vanessa Hudgens to the Leah Clearwater character, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg slammed down the speculation, stating that Leah won't be seen until 'Eclipse'.

"High School Musical 3: Senior Year" star Vanessa Hudgens will definitely not get the part of Leah Clearwater anytime soon. Teasing out about the matter was "Twilight" and "New Moon" screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who claims that the character won't even be seen at least until the third movie, "Eclipse".

"I'm not sure about [final] casting but I had heard Vanessa Hudgens was going up for the part of Leah [Clearwater, a werewolf]," the scribe told People at the 61st Annual Directors Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday night, January 31. "But at the moment, the part of Leah doesn't happen until the third movie."

For weeks, the 20-year-old actress has been linked to the werewolf character, and reports about it have further developed stating that she has even auditioned for the role. However, her representative has come quick to deny the latter speculation, stating "I don't know anything about the audition. As far as I know, it's just a rumor."

Hudgens rumor aside, Rosenberg also made time to talk about the sequel progress. "Well, you know Taylor Lautner will be back as Jacob Black. I can tell you the original cast will all be coming back," she claimed. "They're on set right now, in Vancouver! They're all up there prepping the movie to start shooting very soon."

On the joining of director Chris Weitz, the screenwriter offered her praise to the helmer, "Chris Weitz directed The Golden Compass, which was a beautiful-looking film." She added, "And I think it's wonderful we have someone who has worked with CGI animals...that will be a big part of New Moon. I'm delighted we have someone who's so expert at that."

"New Moon" is the sequel to hit vampire drama "Twilight". Adapted from Stephenie Meyer's second novel of her "Twilight" series, it will still follow the romantic story between Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), but this time it will center on the personal conflict Bella experiences following Edward's abrupt departure. The production of "New Moon" is scheduled to begin in mid-March for November 20, 2009 U.S. release.




    Mar 10, 2010

    HAZE NO! NEVER! Anybody but her (or Miley Cyrus).

    Nov 17, 2009

    Teneil Whiskeyjack as Leah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! google her name and you will agree!

    Nov 17, 2009

    not a good fit for leah. A native american actress who can play a character with some 'edge' would be a better fit. chrystle lightning would be a good choice, janel parish looks too babyish.

    Oct 27, 2009

    Go V!

    Oct 27, 2009

    Vanessa is always the best!!!!!!!!!

    ham <3
    Oct 03, 2009

    nessa would be perfect as leah, OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE

    Twilighter! :D
    Jul 07, 2009

    NO! Ever since my friend told me she auditioned for Leah, every time leah is mentioned in the book, i picture her looking like vanessa.. ITS SO WRONG!!! You cant put a little 'Disney, High School Musical, Singing, Dancing' person in a movie like new moon! It will ruin it and it will be a mistake to cast her because every i know is against the idea!

    Jul 07, 2009

    Vanessa has a bad reputaion!! she has Naked pic all over the web!! if "Twilight" wants a slut in their movie and are willing to she some boobish and Vig.. then put that girl in the movie BUT if not the NOOOOOO too Vanessa!!! if she makes the part then the movie will go down to hell!!

    Jul 06, 2009

    Vanessa could be a good actress for the movie. But i think Janel Parrish would be great also. She has that kind of spunk that would make her perfect for the role.

    Jun 14, 2009

    Really? Ugh that is so stupid! No way. She can't play Leah. They'll have find someone else. Or all HELL will break loose.....and the movie will be ruined.

    Jun 10, 2009

    I like Vanessa Hudgens and not just because we share the same first name. But I do think they should give a Native American a shot like they did with casting New Moon with the Quileute tribe. I've seen a few Native American actresses names being brought up and the one who really impressed me the most was some girl named Sara Tomko. There is a thread about her on The Twilight Saga Eclipse message board on IMDB. She is really worth checking out.

    Jun 10, 2009

    Absolutely NO to Vanessa Hudgens. She not even Native American. What a joke!

    ham <3
    Jun 06, 2009

    Vanessa couldnt be more PERFECT for the role as Leah, she would be so grerat, even when i read the book i see my picture of Leah as vanessa, just realise it people: vanessa is nothing more than PERFECT as Leah Clearwater

    bella cullen
    May 28, 2009

    wtf no she is stupied i can't stand her she is going to ruin the moive plez plez dont get vanessa to be leah and it would be stupit to get disseny stars so gay

    May 03, 2009

    It's just like Disney Channel to get some prissy actor working for them who took nude photos of herself to want to go try out for a great new thing so she can bring it down and it will be back to being all about Disney. Plus, HSM fans will wanna watch this and chances are that they're barely even 10. It's not appropriate for that age group. She isn't Leah or Emily or Jane, or even some freak off the street. The Leah Clearwater role is much too complex for the repulsive Vanessa. I was enraged when she wasn't kicked off of HSM after the nude photos leaked onto the internet. I was willing too look past that. I think that if she wants too leave the Disney franchise, nobody will care but it won't be easy. She can't leave the Disney franchise if she wants to do things like Twilight. That's in over her head. In New Moon, when Edward leaves Bella, they should play My Immortal by Evanescence. They are a cool band. But V is not cut out for the complex character Leah. Leah is much too complex for V

    Apr 26, 2009

    yes vanessa should be leah

    Apr 01, 2009

    Don't get me wrong she's pretty and all. But that role isn't for her. For some reason I personally don't picture Leah this way.. Well, that's my opinoin.

    Mrs. Edward Cullen
    Mar 08, 2009

    i really do think Vanessa Hudgens can play Leah Clearwater, she looks the part and i think Leah should be pretty, like Vanessa. And i think she will play the part really well. People are overreacting, shes an actress, its not like shes going to sing and dance. That was a role she played, not the only thing shes is capable of, Actresses adjust to the part. She will be so good. And it wont stop people seeing the film, I would and my friends dont like her but they will still see it.

    Mar 07, 2009

    I think Vanessa can cope Leah's role but i think they should Janel Parrish From the Bratz Movie since she is new and i think she can fit leah's role plus she kinda looks native.

    Mar 03, 2009

    NO!NO!NO! She cant play leah. That would ruin the movie. Dont get me wrong she is a great actress but not for new moon. No one is going to like it if she does. Many teens wont see the movie.

    Feb 18, 2009

    NOOOO!! Vanessa SHOULDNT be Leah!!!

    Feb 16, 2009

    ewwwww no she can play leah don't they no ever teens going to be upset with this! :<

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