'Twilight': Meet Australian actor Xavier Samuel, cast as Riley in 'Eclipse'

Xavier_Samuel_lDirector David Slade has cast his first new role in Eclipse, the third film in the Twilight series. Summit confirms that Australian actor Xavier Samuel has been tapped to play Riley, Victoria's favorite recruit in her army of newly-turned, strong-but-inept vampires built to aid her mission of murdering Bella. Unknown in the States, Samuel has costarred in the layered Aussie surfing film Newcastle. (Watch the trailer; he's dark-haired, Clash T-shirt wearing Fergus). Below, a clip from the movie in which Samuel enters at :46. After the jump, a shirtless scene. (What?) And a couple of trailers for another film called Further We Search.

What do you think of Samuel's casting? I buy him as a college student who would fall prey to Victoria…

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  • Snarf

    Be interesting to see how he looks in fulkl make-up for the role.

  • Nic.

    I didn’t watch the clips (yet) but from the picture he is exactly how I pictured Riley.

  • Michelle

    That guy is a dead ringer for how I pictured Riley in my head! Sweet!

  • Jennifer

    Exactly how I pictured him

  • D’Alice

    Im diggin David Slade more & more, this is a wonderful choice for Riley, pretty much exactly how I pictured him, maybe just a bit blonder, but thats what hair and make up is for.
    Im way too excited for New Moon & I think its gonna knock it outta the park, but now Im getting way to excited for Eclipse, please Summit, I cant take all this excitment, Im gonna explode!

  • Will

    He was also in this amazing Australian movie called September that also starred Mia Wasikowski, the new Alice in Wonderland.

  • Leslie

    This is how I pictured Riley :],but a little blonder, but this will do.

  • Kalie

    I can see him playing Riley. All they have to do is give him blonde hair. Another good casting choice.

  • Stella Hemloch

    Excellent choice! Exactly how I pictured him too when I was reading Eclipse. I can’t wait for New Moon…but I really can’t wait for Eclipse – it was by far my favourite of the four.

  • Sam

    You know what I find amazing? All the casting that’s been done so far just seems so spot on in terms of looks. They’ve all been exactly how I pictured them when reading. This is no exception.

  • Stranger Than Emily

    I’m surprised no one said this (unless no one thinks this) but man is he HOT! Wow. Two hot guys in one movie. Can’t hardly wait! :D

  • Sam

    You know what I find amazing? All the casting that’s been done so far has been so spot on when it comes to looks. Everyone who’s been cast so far looks exactly like I pictured them while reading. This is no exception.

  • Sam

    You know what I find amazing? All the casting that’s been done so far has been so spot on when it comes to looks. Everyone who’s been cast so far looks exactly like I pictured them while reading. This is no exception.

  • Stranger Than Emily

    I’m surprised no one said this (unless no one thinks this) but man he is hot! Wow. And two hot guys in a movie should make for a good one. lol. Can’t hardly wait! :D

  • Stranger Than Emily

    I wouldn’t say ALL the casting has been spot on, although Edward’s part was accurately cast. But I honestly pictured Jacob looking a bit better, Mike having the spiky blond hair, Jessica, Eric, Mike and Bella looked a lot better than I would have imagined, Carlisle wasn’t as attractive as Stephenie Meyer had written him to be. I think Alice was probably the most off. Her counterpart has dark brown hair when it’s supposed to be black, and she doesn’t have the high ringing voice, laugh, and energetic personality that Alice is supposed to have. I’m not complaining about the cast, and I know this comment is super long considering what it’s about, but these are things I couldn’t help but notice during the movie (esp. Alice). Good cast, just some of the people don’t match their character’s descriptions the way they were written.

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