Here's a look from EW's exclusive New Moon set photos. You can view the EW's gallery here.
One of director Weitz's creative challenges is Edward's long absence in the novel: ''Rob was the first guy to say to me, 'You know, you don't really need to have too much of me in this film.' I don't want him too present, so his apparition will be a subtle, flitting effect — clearly a reflection of Bella's will and desire to see him.''
''I'm telling Bella not to be fearful of death. It's inevitable and painless,'' says Edi Gathegi, who returns in New Moon as the somewhat mysterious vampire Laurent, in this EW exclusive photo. ''He was bad in Twilight, but still had some compassion. Let's just say he's not conflicted anymore.''
Happy birthday, Bella! In this EW exclusive photo, the movie's newly 18-year-old heroine has been thrown against a rose-covered table by her beloved, Edward. Readers will know his intentions were honorable: He was trying to protect Bella (and her paper cut!) from the vampire Jasper. ''The whole cast is reading the book and wanting to get it right,'' says Weitz (center, with Stewart, assistant director Mike Topoozian, and makeup artist Robin Mathews). ''They want to deliver on the promise these books make to the readers.''
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