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    Twilight Saga Unearths New Eclipse Hottie

    Xavier Samuel, Eclipse

    So this is what the face of an impressionable lad turned corrupted bloodsucker looks like.

    It looks fang-licking good, if you ask us!

    Summit Entertainment has tapped Australian newcomer Xavier Samuel to play Riley in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third film in the burgeoning franchise based on Stephenie Meyer's megaselling novels, according to the Hollywood Reporter's Risky Business blog.

    As fans of the series know, Riley starts off as a plain old human college student, only to fall under the spell of the increasingly vengeful Victoria and, as a newborn vampire, join her crusade against Bella.

    Among the names bandied about for the Riley role were Tom "Draco Malfoy" Felton and Channing Tatum, whom screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg once said would play the part "beautifully."

    Well, we think Samuel's doing beautifully so far...

    Eclipse is expected to start shooting sometime next month in Vancouver in time for its June 30, 2010, release, while Twilight fans are expected to go into overdrive any day now as they await the Nov. 20 arrival of New Moon.

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    Don't cry because all you've got right now is a copy of Twilight on DVD. Instead, look at pics from the set of New Moon!

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