Summit has announced that they've officially hired the casting directors for Breaking Dawn! Here's the press release:

Official local casting directors have been hired for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN. Stuart Aikins reprises casting duties for Vancouver-based casting. Fincannon and Associates Casting is handling talent searches for Louisiana-based casting. Both work under LA-based casting director Debra Zane. There are no other casting organizations involved with the production at this time.

Contact information for official casting directors:

Debra Zane Casting
5225 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Aikins / Cossey Casting
#403 1755 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J 4S5

Fincannon and Associates
1235 N. 23rd St
Wilmington, NC 28405

Now most people have thought that some of the Breaking Dawn filming would be done in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But now it looks like Summit may be choosing a different film location due to Rio's high crime rate. According to the AFP:

The cast and crew of the hit "Twilight" vampire movie series may abandon plans to shoot scenes from the final movie in Rio after a deadly shoot out there last weekend between police and a gang who took hostages in an upmarket tourist hotel.

Riofilme, the city's agency for promoting movie production, told AFP that "Twilight"'s US production company Summit Entertainment was in talks with Rio de Janeiro state officials who were trying to convince them to stay.

The original plans were for scenes from the movie "Breaking Dawn," the fourth and final installment in the vampire fantasy, to be played out in the Brazilian city which is famed in equal measure for its spectacular
beaches and its rampant street crime.

But the real-life drama Saturday of drug gang members taking 35 people hostage in Rio's Intercontinental Hotel as they tried to escape police has proved scarier to the production crew than the fictional vampires and werewolves they deal with.

After a blazing firefight that killed one person and wounded six others, the gang surrendered. There were 1,550 people in the hotel at the time. About 40 percent were foreigners, though none of them was hurt.

The potential loss of "Breaking Dawn" and the one million dollars it was expected to inject into Rio's economy was despairing for many in the city.

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The Twilight Lexicon asked Summit what their official comment on the story is, and they said: "The possibility of filming portions of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN in Brazil has always been under consideration and we are continuing to scout locations within the country." So nothing is set in stone as of yet.

Sincerely, Carlisle

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