Release Date: November 20, 2009 Catherine Hardwicke
directed the first film, but Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass
) takes over for the second film of the franchise. In New Moon
the focus shifts from Bella and Edward to Bella and Jacob after Edward and the Cullen family leave town following a hairy incident at Bella's birthday party. Much of the action takes place on the reservation in New Moon
, and werewolves enter the storyline in a major way.
Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning and Cameron Bright make their first appearances in the Twilight
franchise as members of the Volturi, powerful vampires who keep the peace amongst the undead population.