Twilight Saga: New Moon–Michael Sheen Joins the Cast

April 13, 2009–Michael Sheen, the British actor, has joined the cast of Summit Entertainment's high-profile sequel “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which began shooting last month in Vancouver.

Sheen, best known for his roles in “Frost/Nixon” and “The Queen,” will portray the leader of the Volturi, an Italy-based coven of vampires. Sheen has played a werewolf before, in the “Underworld” film franchise.  

“New Moon” stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson reprise their “Twilight” roles as Bella and Edward, under Chris Weitz's helm. The picture centers on Bella being drawn into the world of werewolves while threatened by the Volturi.  It will be released in the US. on November 20, 2009.

The first chapter, “Twilight,” has grossed over $380 million in global box-office.