Rumors of Vanessa Hudgens Audition For ‘New Moon’ Denied

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CHICAGO – Not so fast, “New Moon” fans. It turns out that the widely circulated rumors that Vanessa Hudgens had auditioned for the role of Leah Clearwater in “New Moon,” the highly anticipated sequel to “Twilight,” were completely false.

Summit Entertainment and sources within Vanessa Hudgens’ camp told Entertainment Weekly this afternoon that somebody made it up because no one is considering the “High School Musical” star for any role in the about-to-shoot “New Moon.”

Earlier this week, Ashley Greene, a cast member from “Twilight” who will also appear in “New Moon,” revealed to MTV that Vanessa Hudgens had tried out for the role of werewolf Leah Clearwater, a major character from Stephenie Meyer’s second book in her insanely popular book franchise. It’s unclear where Greene got that idea or if someone from MTV mis-reported it, but the rumor spread like wildfire and now Summit and even Hudgens’ people are denying it.

Vanessa Hudgens arrives at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2009
Vanessa Hudgens arrives at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2009
Photo credit: Dave Bjerke/NBC

“New Moon” is slated for release on Nov. 20, 2009 from Summit Entertainment even though it hasn’t started filming or, clearly, even casting yet. The “Twilight” sequel will be directed by Chris Weitz and star Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner.

This is the second piece of “New Moon” casting controversy in just the last week, as rumors of Lautner not reprising his role as Jacob Black caused quite a stir, especially on our slideshow for Summit’s 2009 release slate.

Director Chris Weitz revealed on Stephenie Meyer’s web site last week that Lautner would reprise the role, saying, “The characters in Stephenie’s books go through extraordinary changes of circumstance and also appearance; so it is not surprising that there has been speculation about whether the same actor would portray a character who changes in so many surprising ways throughout the series.

But it was my first instinct that Taylor was, is, and should be Jacob, and that the books would be best served by the actor who is emotionally right for the part. I think that fans of ‘Twilight’ the book and the movie will be surprised by the Jacob Black that Taylor will bring to the screen in ‘New Moon;’ and I’m looking forward to working with him and the rest of the cast in realizing the film.”

“Twilight”, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, from director Catherine Hardwicke, has grossed $178 million domestically, putting the sequel, “New Moon,” into production immediately. Other books in the Stephenie Meyer series include “Eclipse” and “Breaking Dawn”.

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HollywoodChicago.com content director Brian Tallerico

By BRIAN TALLERICO
Content Director
HollywoodChicago.com
brian@hollywoodchicago.com

Anonymous's picture

EWWW

Vanessa Hudgens would be a terrible Leah! She cant act!! And she doesnt fit the role of Leah AT ALL!!!!!!!!!! Sorry sweety, but this isnt something u can get a part for just because u were in HSM!

Nick's picture

GO VANESSA

Vanessa will be really great for the role leah, What do you mean by just because u were in hsm that a preety answer …. The reason why u all idiot out there doesn’t want vanessa in the movie, Well think again it not everyday we see the hsm star in this kinda movie,Who knows maybe she might end up boom new moon…
At least she got what it takes to make it big…..
I hope vanessa get the role, even though it was a suck-up rumor

Cure Peach's picture

Vanessa as Leah

Nick wrote:
Vanessa will be really great for the role leah, What do you mean by just because u were in hsm that a preety answer …. The reason why u all idiot out there doesn’t want vanessa in the movie, Well think again it not everyday we see the hsm star in this kinda movie,Who knows maybe she might end up boom new moon…
At least she got what it takes to make it big…..
I hope vanessa get the role, even though it was a suck-up rumor

No, Vanessa wouldn’t. Leah is very engrossed with detail and her emotions would be almost impossible for Vanessa to play. I think she wouldn’t be very good.

Anonymous's picture

THANK THE LORD! SHE’S SO

THANK THE LORD! SHE’S SO STUPID AND WOULD SUCK BUTT AT PLAYING LEAH! I AM GLAD SHE DIDN’T AUDTION BECUASE SHE WOULDN’T EVEN MAKE IT! SHE IS HORRIBLE! SHE JUST NEEDS TO STAY IN HER STUPID HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL WORLD AND 100000% COMPLETELY STAY OUT OF ANYTHING TO DO WITH TWILIGHT, NEW MOON, ECLIPES, OR BREAKING DAWN!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous's picture

Yay

Anonymous wrote:
THANK THE LORD! SHE’S SO STUPID AND WOULD SUCK BUTT AT PLAYING LEAH! I AM GLAD SHE DIDN’T AUDTION BECUASE SHE WOULDN’T EVEN MAKE IT! SHE IS HORRIBLE! SHE JUST NEEDS TO STAY IN HER STUPID HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL WORLD AND 100000% COMPLETELY STAY OUT OF ANYTHING TO DO WITH TWILIGHT, NEW MOON, ECLIPES, OR BREAKING DAWN!!!!!!!!!!!

Exactly i completely agree i’m soooooooooo glad it wasn’t true :D

Anonymous's picture

So Glad

I’m so glad she’s not going to be a part of New moon, I would scream if she came anywhere near that upcoming movie. Sorry Vanessa but i have to agree with everyone else, YOU CAN”T ACT.

Anonymous's picture

YES! i saw this article at

YES!
i saw this article at school and i about screamed of like complete happiness!
its just not her thing.
and she cant act.
and her voice is annoying.
:*
ew vanessa hudgens….

Anonymous's picture

YES!

Im so glad she is not going to be part of the movie!
no offence to those who want her in new moon…but vanessa hudgens isnt the greatest actress…and if she was part of the cast as leah, she would totally ruin the whole film! i swear…if she actually is leah and the movie came out…it will scar me for the rest of my life!

Anonymous's picture

If vannesa did this role she

If vannesa did this role she would suck! just think about it a girl like her cant go anywhere wihtout her lipgloss!!!!! leah clearwater is not like that. in my vision she is tomboy and would never be anything like vanessa! you need a diffrent grl! i dont know who but NOT HER!!!! She SUCKS! Disney is totally not twilight material!

nicole's picture

i am soooo freaking happy!!!

YES!!! i am so happy when i read this!!! not tha i have anything against VH its just that i dont think she could be good enough for leah!!! OME i cant even comprehend how happy i am!!! YES!! she isnt going to be in it!!!!

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