Mackenzie Foy as Renesemee?

According to Entertainment Weekly, nine-year-old actress Mackenzie Foy is all but signed on the dotted line as Renesmee. EW has an excellent track record when it comes to casting stories so we are going to tend to believe this one.

According to EW

“It’s not yet clear how the diminutive actress, who’s appeared in one episode each of television shows FlashForward and ‘Til Death, will portray the character who ages a full 17 years in only seven. Sources have suggested that director Bill Condon will employ similar digital effects to those used by David Fincher in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, where Foy’s face would be digitally transferred onto the face of a younger child. It’s also probable that the studio will hire a younger child in some capacity, too.”

One YouTuber, who either has ESP or an incredibly good eye, put together this Mackenzie montage about two weeks ago.

Sheer volume seems to have shut down the actress’ website which is now stating that it is on hiatus.

UPDATE: Moviehole is “confirming” this news from a Summit contact, but there is still nothing we’ve seen as being officially from Summit.  We will let you know if or when we hear an official announcement.

Via Twilight Series Theories


  1. I have always felt that the most challenging thing in BD was casting Renesmee and how to pull that off. This little actress certainly has the perfect look, beautiful, mesmerizing, enchanting, and she has to be “older” than her years, so maybe the fact that she is small and yet is 9 years old will work and maybe they’re going to “age” her even faster, closer to 5 or 6 when she faces the Volturi. Going to be interesting to see how they handle it. Still staying positive…so far.

  2. she actually kinda looks a little like Rob and a little like Kristen, all thats missing is brown contacts and shes set! so cute!

  3. I totally love this little girl for Renesmee! Granted that at the end of the book she’s supposed to look around 4-ish, but the girl’s face is perfect! They can’t use a normal toddler b/c the book says that Renesmee has unnatural focus & intelligence, and even though she only speaks a little, her voice & pronunciation is not that of a toddler either. In the book she reads poetry for cryin’ out loud! So a toddler definitely couldn’t pull that off. Plus, she is also described in the book by Bella as not having a toddler’s body, but being rather slender, like a small version of an adult. So I really think they’re doing a great job by picking this little girl as Renesmee if they’re going to do the “Benjamin Button” thing anyway. They have everything they need to produce the perfect Renesmee, let’s hope that that’s the case… or I at the very least will be very disappointed, as well as other twi-fans i’m sure.
    Wonderful job on this rare find people!!!

  4. Emmets girl says:

    i like the girl is beautiful but i really want to see a 3 years old nessie, she can use her gift as comunication she only have like three lines (except of corse the chat she have whit Aro) but still a man-made nessie still seems a good idea

  5. I actually always thought Suri Cruise would make a good Renesemee

  6. wow shes perfect!
    this is prolly the first and only time a casting/casting rumor has been exactly how i pictured it.
    its too good to be true

  7. Twilibrarian says:

    MacKenzie has Kristen Stewart’s pout! Perfect. While she looks older than Renesmee, she is tiny. It is easier for an older actress to act younger, than vice versa. I would imagine she will be fine as the body double for the Benjamin Button CGI effects. While Suri Cruise might look more the part age-wise, she probably couldn’t pull off the acting necessary due to her age. (Plus you’d have a stage mom and dad hovering. Not a good thing.)

    I sincerely hope Condon uses a real infant during the birth scene. I think that is vital to the part; CGI the teeth like a real baby, and just a few. I don’t want to see Renesmee wearing dentures at her birth. Just those cute little baby teeth when they first come in. A live baby gives the actors something better to play off, than a green screen CGI model. Real babies are unpredictable; none of the Cullens or Jacob know what to expect. Start casting those multiples now! No matter how good the CGI,it’s still CGI.

  8. This little girl is beautiful and putting Rob next to her, there is a lot of similarity. I am really hoping that they use CGI and effects like some people say they used in Benjamin Button and not mess with the role. I am really hoping they don’t try to “fine tune” Renesmee to make her something completely different than in the book. I am being positive since they won’t do anything without Stephenie’s knowledge this time around.

    The little girl is lovely though. I am getting excited, even though it’s still a year away!

  9. Aww she’s beautiful! Just how I pictured Renesemee. She totally looks like she could be Bella and Edwards baby girl.

  10. She is so perfect!!! I’m excited to see what happens with the whole cgi thing. Keeping my fingers crossed that they do it really well. :)

  11. It says the girl needed dancing skills? Oh god no! Please lord don’t let there be a cheesy Dance number!

  12. soo ii thiink shes cute for renesmee but please tell she shes going to get brown contacts so hair dye and curls then shes b perfect

  13. She is super, super cute….and she is exactly what I picture Reneesme looking like–a year after the book ends!

    Reneesmee is supposed to look like a tall 3yr old or small 4yr old by the end of Breaking Dawn when having her passport made so I don’t see how any 9 year old could pull that off…this isn’t about a 25 yr old playing an 18 yr old. Kids are harder to fake “younger” than they really are.

    But this girl is perfect otherwise….

  14. Beautiful child, if she can act, she’s perfect.

  15. Just a reminder – they may very well be planning to use a real baby in the birth scenes – but they could hardly cast that child yet, as they’ll need one so young that at this point in time, she can’t be born yet. ;) (Unless they filmed the birth scene as the first thing in November, but I think that’s hardly likely.)

  16. Sorru to disapoint those who think that CGI won´t be neccesary for Renesmee but when you think of it there is no other way. How on earth could it be possible to use nothing but actors for that kind of role when normal children can´t possibly grow like that? I mean we´re talking about a kid who looks like she´s two and acts like seven. I actually am afraid that the whole Renesmee thing will be quite absurd in a movie, not just the physicalitys but the whole idea. I wish that they could make the movie minus Renesmee and that absurdity. But that´s just my opinion.

  17. she’s a very pretty girl, and looks exactly right for the part. but i think she’s to old. in the book renesmme is like only a toddler at most. not sure what they are talking about on her ageing a full 17yrs, this doesnt happen in the book, and i think they would be making a big mistake if they put that on the film.

  18. I Think She’s Perfect For The Last Renesmee And The Scene In The Tent, Because She Has To Be Able To Speak Properly And Look Old Enough And Be Quite Slight :D

  19. She’s so cute! She has Edward’s charp cheek bones and eyes between brown end green (E’s green &B’s brown eyes yay). I already imagin her CGIed into a baby or a grown up girl. Well her teeth are …well… sth like nessy (the teeth baby) and her voice is just so lovely (I imagin her saying “mama” to Bella… They are really good at casting at Summit.

  20. I hope they use no computer stupidness that will look awful. Just use different actresses or change things a little with the story.


  22. Hey guys! This whole commotion with the 9-yr-old playing a 3-4 yr old has already been cleared up in the article itself, so why are so many of you still wondering how they will pull it off? The article clearly said that they will “most likely” use super imposing(the effect in benjamin button) to use mackenzie’s face, and voice on a younger actress..

    Someone also said they should use pure CGI for renesmee because they didn’t think a person that beautiful coud be cast..Do you not think mackenzie is gorgeous? she is perfect for the role..and if you remember right they also described the cullens as being radiantly beautiful..would you want them to be CGI too?…

    As for the birth scene issue..I’m not sure if you guys read stephenie Meyer’s transcripts of the interviews she does every so often but in there stephenie mentioned that she thinks the birth scene will be a lot like the scene in Twilight where bella began changing after being bitten by it was all her perspective and everything in the backround was blurry..therefore a baby may not even be seen in that scene because bella does not see renesmee until after the birth/1st hunting.

    Also someone said something about renesmee not speaking much in the books..this is true but i think the addition of a voice to the images would be nice instead of just seeing a flash of images in 3 seconds and not getting/remembering what renesmee was saying in that scene/part of the book..

    okay enough said but i think ms.Foy is Perfect and I am extremely excited to see the movie..Good Luck Bill!!

  23. switzy4ever14 says:

    What a beautiful little girl. I’m excited, and I’m not too worried about the effects-I trust Summit. They’ll take care of it.

  24. Probably just so when she walks/runs she isn’t stumbling all over the place like a real litte kid would (grace and balance, I guess.)
    But I agree… no cheesy dances. :)


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