Teen heartthrobs Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner are to guest on the opening episode of the new "Twilight" movie spin-off series "Daylight" when it hits TV screens next summer, CBS confirmed today.
The series, to be produced by X-Files Chris Carter, will star Brit actor Ray Quinn as Charles Thornton, a 200 year-old vampire curious to see how Stephenie Meyer managed to get it "mostly right". While investigating, he visits the set of the movies and stumbles across auditions for a Twilight TV series. When he's spotted he is assumed to be a method actor getting into character and is talked into accepting the role of the fictional 17-year-old Edward Cullen.
Drama and comedy moments alike stem from the difficulties the vampire encounters in keeping his identity secret. While the cast and his fans assume Thornton stays permanently in character to publicise the series, his task is made trickier by the differences between true vampires and the literary Edward.
Meyer's creation may abstain from drinking human blood, but Charles has more - varied - tastes that he has to learn to curb. To make matters worse, unlike the Cullens, he definitely can't expose his skin to the sun's rays, nor does he have special psychic powers to help him earn cash and he's spent the family fortune, so has to keep the day job.
Baby-faced Quinn was invited to audition for the role when Carter saw You-tube clips of him winning the UK "Dancing on ice" series and seeing him on stage as Grease's Danny Zuko in London's West End. Said Carter, "He's ideal. His skating, wirework and general fitness are essential for the physical stunts the role requires, and his young looks will enable him to play teenage roles for several years yet."
Quinn, originally from Liverpool, has admitted to needing help from an accent coach to lose his broad accent. A spokesman for the series commented, "It's essential - he's got to sound like a vegetarian vampire from Chicago, not a bloodsucking Beatle from Birkenhead."