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With the Denali castings, a 'Twilight' coven comes together

September 30, 2010 |  7:24 pm

Twihards have been waiting with bated breath for news on casting of the Denali vampire coven, the longstanding allies of the franchise's Cullen family.

Today, Summit Entertainment confirmed much of the Denali cast for Bill Condon's two "Breaking Dawn" films, which are slated for release in November 2011 and 2012. The company revealed that Christian Camargo has come aboard as Eleazar, Casey LaBow has joined as Kate, Mia Maestro will play Carmen and MyAnna Buring (who came to prominence with a movie called "Lesbian Vampire Killers" -- you can't make this stuff up) will star as Tanya. (Maggie Grace had already been announced as Irina.)  The role of Garrett has not been cast at this time.

Tanya, who once expressed an interest in Edward Cullen, is the leader of the clan. Like the Cullens, with whom they have a longstanding relationship, the Denalis drink only animal blood.  The previous film, "Eclipse,” did see tensions between the Cullens and the Denalis, however, and the new book and films will continue their saga, with the Denalis now taking on a more prominent role.

Camargo, at 39, is probably one of the more veteran actors of the group, with "The Hurt Locker," "K-19: The Widowmaker" and "Dexter” among his credits. It remains to be seen whether these actors get the long-term boost that some believe a “Twilight” casting can provide, but today's announcement at least shines a brief spotlight on a group of workaday actors.

The announcement no doubt broke the hearts of many lesser-known actors, and average teenagers, hoping for a shot in the franchise. But fear not -- when it comes to "Twilight," there's always a bit part somewhere waiting to be filled.

--Steven Zeitchik


Photo: MyAnna Buring in 'Lesbian Vampire Killers.' Credit: Celador Films.