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'New Moon' casting: Who should play Leah Clearwater?

January 13, 2009 |  4:14 pm

UPDATE: Hold your horses, Leah fans. Looks like not only did Hudgens not actually audition for the role, the character of Leah didn't even make the "New Moon" cut. Well, we can still ponder who'll be playing her in "Eclipse," can't we?

Turns out "High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens auditioned for the part of frustrated werewolf Leah Clearwater in the upcoming "Twilight" sequel "New Moon." Fans already know that Leah, the only female werewolf in the tribe and Sam's former girlfriend, isn't too important at first but becomes more central in the subsequent books "Eclipse" and "Breaking Dawn." In fact, author Stephenie Meyer has said that if she continued any of the characters' stories, Leah's tale would be her first choice.

But is Vanessa the fans' first choice? Could she be too much sweetness and light? Maybe, maybe not. Click on the photo gallery above and take a look at nine other actresses we think should be contending for the role.

And then take this poll!

-- Denise Martin

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