AceShowbiz - Words have been swirling around that Tom Felton of the "Harry Potter" series could be up for "The Twilight Saga's Eclipse". According to MTV's Hollywood Crush, the Draco Malfoy depicter has been linked to the role of Riley, who happens to be Victoria's new fighting partner, for the follow-up movie to upcoming "The Twilight Saga's New Moon".
Responding to the speculation, the 21-year-old who will be seen in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" took it to his fansite Feltbeats.com. To Feltbeats, he gushed "I'll be ready when they want me!" before quickly adding, "Really, I'm only joking. I'm not really sure at this point; but you will be the first to know if I find out anything!" He then reinforced his comment by writing a message in his Twitter page, "i keep getting asked if im being cast as Riley in Twilight! Ill let you all know if so!!!"
The "Anna and the King" actor isn't the only one linked to the Riley role. Previously, the name of "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra" star Channing Tatum has come up in E! News interview with screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. At the Los Angeles Times Book Festival benefit for the Writers Guild Foundation, the scribe said, "There's a very big battle at the end with Riley, and I think Channing would do that so well."
Rosenberg who has written the screenplay for the first two "Twilight" movies, in addition, stressed on the reason why she thinks Channing would be perfect to portray the bad boy vampire. "And there are some complexities to that character," she adds. "He really is tragic. He's a puppet for Victoria [bad-girl vampire played by Rachelle Lefevre]. So he has to break your heart a little bit at the end when he realizes that she doesn't want him. Channing could do that beautifully."
An adaptation of the third novel from Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series, "The Twilight Saga's Eclipse" itself will have "30 Days of Night" helmer David Slade on the director seat. Like the two "Twilight" movies before it, "Eclipse" will be penned by Melissa Rosenberg. Summit Entertainment has scheduled to release it in U.S. theaters June 30, 2010.
In the meantime, "The Twilight Saga's New Moon" will be opened wide in U.S. theaters November 20 and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is set for July 15 release.