In conjunction with the MTV Movie Awards, which are pushing the series like mad, the full trailer for The Twilight Saga: New Moon has debuted online at MySpace. This is the first good look we’ve had at the work being done by director Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass, About A Boy) who took over after Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke departed the franchise.
The clip opens with the sort of drama between Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) that is the lifeblood of this ‘saga’ before moving on to some classic human/vampire conflict and a look at werewolves as envisioned by this series. Watch the embed and get more details after the jump.
This trailer promises more of what we saw in the first film: highly emotional, arguably over-dramatic supernatural stories made to appeal to the young romantic in everyone. That formula didn’t work for me the first time, and this doesn’t instill much hope that anything will be different in round two, especially given what this trailer displays with respect to werewolves. There just aren’t many good werewolf movies out there, and if this example — Taylor Lautner’s character undergoing a CGI change from man to wolf over just a few frames of film — is what we’re going to get across the board, then I’ll pin my lycanthropic hopes elsewhere.
I did get a laugh out of the trailer’s conflict between Jasper Hale and Bella. Why? Because Jackson Rathbone, who plays Hale, has evidently been cast in Lords of Chaos as Varg Vikernes, a legendary Norwegian black metal musician who was just released from jail after serving 16 years for burning churches and murdering another musician [via ScreenDaily]. Casting a Twilight actor as one of the most notorious figures in the musical underground is great. It gives fans of the series something odd to discover, and is the final punishment for a man who’s done some truly horrible things.