Twilight fans that have been around since before there were Twilight Saga films know that Emily Browning was one of Stephenie Meyer’s top picks to play Bella Swan. When the casting was announced, there were many fans who were upset that Browning wasn’t playing Bella. At the time Browning said that she was “just exhausted” and “definitely didn’t want to sign on to a trilogy” at the time. The actress now talks to Digital Spy about having “no regrets” about turning down the opportunity. Keeping in line with the current Hollywood trend of modernizing classic fairy tales, Browning’s next film is Jane Campion’s Sleeping Beauty. Leave us a comment and tell us how different you think the saga would have been had Emily been cast instead of Kristen.
Prior to 2007 if you looked for images surrounding the Twilight Saga, you were faced with fan-made banners of Emily Browning and Henry Cavill depicted as Bella and Edward (like the one seen left). They were two actors mentioned by Stephenie Meyer in a fantasy ideal casting on her website.
Roughly two years ago, Emily Browning was quoted (and apparently misquoted) that she turned down the role after having auditioned for it. She just clarified her statement for Indie Wire as part of the PR junket for her new movie Sucker Punch.
“I chose not to audition,” Browning said about “Twilight” which was offered to her during this should-I or shouldn’t-I period of career introspection. “The author at one point stated that I would be her ideal Bella, but I chose not to audition because I was at a point in my career where I wasn’t sure I wanted to work, I definitely didn’t want to sign onto a trilogy so I didn’t audition, but there were a lot of things people said: ‘you turned it down’ no that’s not the case, ‘you were offered it and you turned it down,’ no, no, no, that’s not what happened at all. And there were battles but it was really just as simple as I don’t want to work right now so…”
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MTV has an interview with Emily Browning, who was once suggested as a possibility for the role of Bella. Like Henry Cavil, Emily talks about the part that never was.
“It’s really strange,” the actress laughed when we caught up with her Tuesday. “It’s bizarre…What actually happened is that I was asked to audition — not take the part, but to just audition — shortly after ‘The Uninvited’ had finished filming,” the actress said. “And I’m not the type of person who can just work back-to-back. So I was just exhausted, and I was like, ‘I’m sorry, but I just can’t sign on to a trilogy right now.”
MTV also has up a great Twilight parody featuring cheeseburgers. It’s the brainchild of LA’s UCB Theater.