Michael Sheen Cast as ARO

The Daily Mail is reporting that Michael Sheen has been cast as Aro.  Most recently Michael was seen as David Frost in Frost/Nixon.

In New Moon, Sheen will play Aro, the leader of an Italian vampire clan called the Volturi.Director Chris Weitz confirmed Sheen’s casting to The Mail on Sunday and said he had ‘aggressively’ pursued the actor.

‘Michael’s role is so important because he’s the head of all vampires,’ he said. ‘Aro is, on the surface, a very gracious and friendly vampire, but beneath that he is a tremendous threat.’

TY to Nico and Mary who both sent this in.


  1. I adored Frost/Nixon, and am looking forward to seeing Michael Sheen in New Moon.

  2. I’m really sad. 🙁 I looked at Google Images….& he looked around 40.

  3. NO WAY!! I think this will be the BEST casting out of the whole series!!

  4. Awesome, Lucian is going to be Aro!
    guys, he was Lucian in the Underworld movies, he’ll be a FANTASTIC aro … he’s a superb actor. how exciting.

    i thought there was something about some kid being cast, though?? that blonde kid? or who was that supposed to be? a different volturi brother? i can’t find the news post now …
    aren’t the volturi supposed to be “old” and movies always make people look younger anyways … look at the entire cast. 😛

  5. Nice…I remember him in Underworld. Kind of funny that he played a werewolf in that movie and now he’s gonna play a vampire 😉

  6. I think this is absolutely fantastic! Very good choice. Very talented actor. Yay!

  7. huh… its growing on me…?…
    i think it will work!

    and i also think Chris Weitz is doing and amazing job….cant wait for november!!!

    He is going to be so great.

    Im looking forward to seeing him as Aro


  9. I like it. 🙂

  10. I think he’s a little to old but He’s a good actor so Im content^^

  11. i was holding out for Cillian Murphy… but i looked Sheen up and realized he was the Lycan in Underworld! he did great in that role (haven’t seen frost/nixon). i loved him. all the ppl who doubt him, should check his resume.

    he’s gonna be great… it’ll be interesting to see how when all the actors for the Volturi is cast, to imagine or anticipate how this’ll work.

  12. I like Michael Sheen. I think he will do well as a Vampire, he has experience as a Werewolf! lol.

    But this is what got me confused, Michael is older looking of course, but yet Caius is casted by a younger actor . . . . That doesn’t fit well.

    If you are gonna cast an older actor to play one of the oldest vampires, why not cast older actors for the entire group. It doesn’t fit well with older/younger mix. Does anyone else see this as confusing or at least not a good fit?

    • Seth Clearwater pwnd you says:

      I don’t think it will be a problem at all. You can do wonders with makeup and other effects.

  13. How exciting!! He’s also to play The White Rabbit in the upcoming movie Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton.. Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathway will also be in it.

  14. This is awesome. I think he is going to be great!! OMG I really can’t wait for november!

  15. Haha it’s funny how people are never happy. Jamie Campbell Bower is like 22 and people complained that he is “too young” and now Michael Sheen is barely 40 and he is “too old”.

    Makeup, ladies (and gentlemen). Makeup can make Jamie look 10 years older and Michael look 10 years younger. Give ’em a chance. Michael has the talent, I think it will work =)

  16. WannabeMrsCullen says:

    i think he will be great.

  17. Am I the only one who thinks he is ugly????? Ick, I don’t know his acting style but he is in no way good looking enough to be a vamp.

  18. LittleClarestar says:

    That is TOOOOOO awesome….

  19. i think it’s wonderful!!!
    he is really a great actor!!
    yay 4 new moon!!
    yay 4 chris!!!
    ohhh can’t w8 4 november!!!

  20. Samantha LeAnne says:

    This is an amazing casting choice. Michael Sheen has such amazing talent!

    Just a reminder to all you people that keep saying “he’s too old” or “why not cast the whole group older” etc. This is Hollywood, people, make-up can make anyone look younger or older.

  21. I’m delighted to hear that Michael Sheen won the coveted role of Aro. I like Aro because he’s a villan that plays all the angles. Now I really can’t wait to see the seen in his chamber room,where he tries to persuade Edward and Alice(especially) to join him. It’s going to be a chilling scene and the most anticipated,besides Bella rescuing Edward of course. Come on Nov. 20!

  22. BloodSuckingLeech says:


  23. No fraking way! Someone has to be pulling our leg. Sheen as Aro is too much of a coup.

  24. soozabooza54 says:


    …this is fantastic – he’s a GREAT actor!…

  25. I LOVE THIS! I am so so so excited! Thats also awesome for the series to get such a great/huge actor who has also had a wonderful previous year with Frost/Nixon!!!! I love that Michael Sheen has done so many different roles! This will be fantastic 🙂

  26. Wow, I didnt even think of him! Excellent!!!! Good choice. I hope this is a good sign!

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  28. PERFECT!!! This is exactly how I imagine Aro! Great job in casting 😀 😀

  29. I LOVE it! I was on the phone with a non-twilighter when I saw this headline and it was all I could do to not squeal in their ear. This is soooooo exciting. I’m absolutely in love with Summit’s casting.

  30. this is incredible…this is the casting, more than any other, that i had my eye on to be the true definer of how chris weitz plans to work new moon…and he has completely outdone himself…i am beyond thrilled!

  31. Hmm, we shall see…

  32. I lvoe him as Aro. Aro is a weird character because hes not the good guy but he does bad things with a smile and i can definitly see Michael doing that

  33. Omg! He was great in frost/Nixon! That’s exciting

  34. YEEEEESSS! Michael is such a brilliant actor. I couldn’t be more pleased.

  35. B Cullen24 says:

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Best casting yet! I love him and he is going to be freaking fantabulous! WOW!

  36. I’m so excited about this ! IF HE CAN ACT IT’S ALL GOOD IN MY BOOK !!!

  37. OMGGGGG! I LOVE Michael Sheen. He was amazing as Lucian! I’m gonna go post this in my group!!!! 😀 Great!

  38. oh snap! that’s perfect!!! he’s going to be fantastic!!! i absolutely LOVE the underworld movies, and michael sheen did an incredible job! i’m sooo excited for new moon =D

  39. I had hoped for a different actor, but i saw (and loved) the Underworld movies and he did great acting as the werewolf Lucian. So maybe….

    if he shaves i’ll be happy.

  40. I like this casting choice. He seems about the right age and I can totally picture him as Aro. Very cool.

  41. hes alright if thats the best they can do

    aro is a very important character in the books so if this guy is really part of the cast he better do his best

    im sure he will

    im just saying

  42. HECK YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE HIM!!! UNDERWORLD BABY!

  43. I think that he is going to be great alongside Dakota as Jane. An excellent pairing in my mind!

  44. Finally a mature & great actor cast for the Volturi. I was afraid they would cast some 20 year old for Aro.

  45. Cool. I like him. 🙂

  46. I’m confused, they cast Micheal Sheen (i love him!)as Aro, while they cast a 20 year old to play Caius. Aren’t they suppose to be the same age?

    Is there any chance that we can get a different Caius?

  47. Twifanatic Amanda says:

    If this is true it’s amazing

  48. WOW! He is a good actor he was good in the UnderWorld, I could see him playing Aro. I guess Summit has decided to put the money into New Moon they need to have, so that
    is promising.

  49. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH I LOVE HIM!!! It’s Lucian!!! 😀 Im soooo happy! yay!

  50. Umm…. Aren’t vampires supossed to be beautiful???

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