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. he is amazing im glad that he is playing aro:)

  2. shortstuff says:


    i always thought it was weird that they were gunna cast a younger actor to play Aro.. so i’m happy they went with someone older! i think he can totally play the nice guy on the surface who is actually slightly terrifying..

  3. Chloe Cullen says:

    Hmmm.. I don’t know. I’m a little wary, but I’m going to reserve making too deep of judgments yet, because I haven’t seen anything he’s acted in. It seems a little odd to have Aro older and Caius younger, but I suppose with makeup and everything it will all turn out okay. Hopefully, he’ll be great 😀


  5. Wow Aro! Way to go Michael Sheen, and props to Chris, pretty cool a rabit a wolf and a Vamp. not a bad resume for mythical creatures (Well vamps & Werewolves are so real in my world)! Can’t wait November seems like it’s going 2 take 4ever 2 get here, where’s the count down table it seems like we should have one just like Christmas in July! 15 mins till Easter, May moms day, memorial day and bachloret party in Vegas, June wedding, July firework and Twicon Dallas n2 August Twilight convention n Phoenix, Sept. Labor Day, Oct. Trick or Treat, really need the treat thank God for Nov. 20 Yeah New Moon the world harmonizes again!!!!

  6. I definitely see this working! I’m glad to hear some casting news. I agree about the makeup comments though. Makeup can make you look young or old. Glad to see things coming together…finally.

  7. Wow! He was amazing in Kingdom of Heaven, The Queen, and Wilde. What a coup for the Twilight saga. Michael Sheen is a brilliant and talented actor. He’ll be great as Aro.

  8. OMG, I’m SO EXCITED! I LOVE MICHAEL SHEEN! He was great in all the Underworld movies and in The Queen!

  9. cool! He’ll be a good Aro! I loved him in underworld! Even though he played a werewolf! Now he can have both sides!

  10. Oh I love Michael Sheen!!! He would be a perfect Aro!!! I can’t believe it, it’d be so great, if he played Aro!

  11. i so hope this is true, he is a awesome actor, i love everything he has down (that i have seen). i loved him in Underworld and i think he would be awesome as Aro, he can take on different roles and pull them of amazinly, i so hope this is true, i need conformation now. OMG i am so excited.

  12. Great casting choice! I loved him in The Damned United and I’m so glad they were able to get such a great actor on board!
    And to everyone going ‘He’s too old/ugly/not right’; wouldn’t much rather have an actor who can deliver a perfect performance as this character(as I am confident Sheen can) or someone who looks right but who cannot act at all?

  13. Samantha LeAnne says:

    Anyone that doubts him being able to look younger, or whatever check out this picture: http://www.newmoonmovie.org/2009/04/michael-sheen-to-play-volturi-leader-aro/
    Makeup and costumes can make anyone look younger (or older). But either way, YAY!

  14. Dang it, I was hoping for Ben Barnes 🙁 Ben and Rob together would be fabulous! But I guess he could be OK…

  15. yaytwihard says:

    “we could be slaves, or we could be LYCANS!”
    woot woot! man this is awesome! good casting choice

  16. Never trust the Daily Mail. They’re the very worst of all British newspapers and will often twist or make up a news story. I know because I live in Britain and put up with their crap all the time…

  17. I for one hope its true! Micheal Sheen is an awesome actor and he would be great as Aro. I just love these comments about him being old! Those of you that are saying that must be what 16 or 17! LOL! I guess us twilighters in 30s are old too! Silly kids! Wait till your there!
    Anyhoo he looks young for his age.
    But I’ll wait for Summit to confirm this first!

    When I first saw this I was like YES!!!!!!!
    I’ve seen a few of his films like the Queen and he is REALLY talented. I had a problem with some of the acting from Twilight ’cause it didn’t seem natural or geniune a few times. But to get a talented actor who plays a major role in new moon?
    I have 100% faith that new moon will be very awesome.
    Now we wait for Marcus…and a few…

  19. PERFECT!!!!!!!!

  20. If this is true, then Chris Weitz’s New Moon is building a fabulous Volturi. He will be incredible. An excellent actor.

    Now here’s the thing about Chris Weitz (in my observation): He does excellent casting for his films. He really finds actors who bring the characters to life. Case in point, the Golden Compass, which was brilliantly cast. The only problem with the Golden Compass was the setup of the storyline and the progression of events, but the characters were memorable! and amazing! So I trust that Chris Weitz will do no less with New Moon, and if we can truly add this latest news of Michael Sheen to the list, then it is clearly evident that he is doing wonderfully.

    I’m only slightly worried about how the plot will manifest and progress… here’s hoping it doesn’t lose its way and get caught up with itself >.< .

  21. I hope this is true too. I don’t care about looks, that’s what the hair, makeup, and sometimes CG department is far. The man can act and that is the most important thing.

  22. JulesCullen says:

    Honestly, since Aro, Marcus, and Caius are supposed to have white hair and all that, I kind of thought of them as in their sixties. Jamie Campbell-Bower is 21 or 22… which really doesn’t fit in my mind. Michael Sheen could be made to look older, and I believe he is a superb actor, but I’m still not sure how they’ll make Jamie look old enough to match the book’s descriptions.

    • Actually, the only one with white hair is Caius. Marcus and Aro have very dark hair.

      And the white hair for Caius does not necessarily come from age, but perhaps from very white blond hair. Knowing Aro’s predisposition for collecting unusual things, its possible that Caius was chosen for his singular appearance as well as his strategic military mind.

      The old man idea seems to stem from how they are thousands of years old, but the age they were turned is the age they remain. The onion-skin and the milky eyes is more from how long their bodies have lasted than from human old age.

  23. Hm.. I’m not so sure about him. I always pictured Aro in..like..his early thirties. I think this guy might do a good job, though.

  24. It’s funny, while reading the books I sort of picture Aro as an older vampire, but it may just be because he seems like such an old soul. But lets be honest, the guys been around for over a Millennium, of course he’s an old soul.

    Any who, after seeing the picture of Michael I think he’ll be great, There’s something about him, a kind of enthusiasm in that smile that would fit Aro just right.

    Good luck Michael!

  25. I loved him in underworld as lucien.I am sure he will do a great job.. He is a very talented actor. I just feel its odd to have jamie b.playing caius and mike playing aro.In my mind i still pictured them to be similiar in age..Like all older actors playing the family, or since they picked jamie i thought they would have casted them around his age.. Still cant wait to see the movie…….

  26. Michael Sheen is awesome! I’m so glad he was cast because he is my Aro. He will do an amazing job.

  27. who did they pick to play caius?

  28. Wow, i am backing this casting 100%. I’m not too familiar with his roles, but i remember him as Lucian in Underworld so this is freaking awesome! Not too mention he is older then 20! I always pictured Aro, Marcus, and Caius as being older in the movies, like as old as Peter Facinelli. I hope the make up department is ready to transform these actors into the Volturi! I hope they put him in a long black wig.

  29. He looks a bit old for Aro.But since everyone seems to think he’s a good actor….Maybe it’ll work out well.

  30. I am so excited about him being Aro. Great job Chris!!! I can’t wait. He was great in The Queen and was awesome in the Underworld films. The question to ask him now is… which team is he on?

  31. cristy_702 says:

    he’s almost like I pictured him.. I’m sure he’ll do great!! 😀

  32. Finally. Someone who can actually ACT will be in one of these movies!

  33. Wow. I guess I’m the only one who never heard of him! LOL!!!

    As for the pic above, it shows me nothing. I guess I have to trust you all?

    Just a li’l disappointed…

  34. …I really wanted ben barns, but I guess he’s okay. :/

  35. Well, I can’t really see Aro in this picture. I really imagined that they would cast someone who was already pale, but I guess they really put faith into their make-up artists…

    I haven’t heard of this guy before, so I don’t know of his acting abilities. Hopefully, they are good, unless someone tells me something else.

    So, I’m going to go Google him for some more images. I look forward to seeing how he’ll do.

  36. OMG!!!this movie is going to be soooooooooo awesome!!!cant wait, he’s a great actor….

  37. Mary Alice Cullen says:

    He looks good for the part. This looks like its going in the right track. 🙂

  38. omg what an perfect choice!!! I love Michael Sheen he is going to be fantastic!! Yay 🙂 Can’t wait until the movie (or at least the trailer) comes out lol

  39. ScarletRubie says:

    i can’t wait to see who plays marcus, i’m pretty satisfied with Caius and Aro, i’ve got nothing agains their choices, i’m sure make-up will do wonders.

    I showed my sister the Little Ashes trailer and my sister didn’t know it was Rob, so the vamp-up can really change an actors appearance.

  40. Bella Cullen says:

    WOW i am excited about this he was one of my picked to play aro he is going to be amazing!!!

  41. casablanca says:

    he’s a great! actor…but i would have preferred someone younger. a’la caius

  42. Elizabeth says:

    AHHH! YES!!!!!
    He is frickin sexy! And I can picture him being the “too interested/perky for his own good” and yet slightly underneath that image is an evil and scary vampire “ruler” who will rip you apart if he deems it so!…I love ARO!!!
    Since they came out with the first movie I have been dying to find out who was going to portray Aro! I’m so happy! I’m running around the apartment screaming in joy (my boyfriend is laughing at me)!! This is the best news yet regarding the movies, in my opinion. 😀 😀

  43. lirael cullen says:

    hopefully this will be confirmed by Summit soon. Hopefully. Sadly i haven’t seen many of his movies but, reading all of the comments and realizing that many have seen his work. I’m pleased that he’ll do a great job. But, did anyone else notice that he’s going to be given a pay check of about 5 million euros… is that for real or is it?? hmmm either way, i’m very excited for November now. The casting choices keeps getting better and better ^_^

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