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Who can say "no" to a little eye contact with the cast of Twilight? In the striking new posters for Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the three members of the saga's love triangle -- Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner each give the camera their best stare-down. The big surprise? Kristen's eyes are red. And not because of a bad camera flash.
The poster is the first official photo (we saw those red peepers in the teaser trailer) of Stewart's character, Bella Swan, as a vampire -- a transition that she made at the end of Breaking Dawn - Part 1, when her vamp hubby Edward Cullen (Pattinson) swooped in to save her from death by childbirth. It would have been less subtle to show Stewart baring fangs or glittering in the sunlight, but we like this approach better. Wearing a black leather jacket (and, it appears, nothing else), staring unflinchingly at the camera, the actress is clearly not the Bella of the early Twilight films. The red eyes are almost unnecessary. But boy, do they look cool.
Of course, we're guessing that the posters you're more likely to print out and tape to your cubicle are the ones of Jacob and Edward. Like Stewart, Taylor Lautner (see that poster here) is giving the camera his best badass stare (and surprisingly, he's wearing a shirt). Pattinson seems to be taking a different approach; instead of staring at us, he looks like he's staring past us, thinking deep thoughts in his popped-collar coat. We stared at it for a while trying to figure out what was on his mind, but then he started to look strange and Picasso-like, so we had to stop. Maybe you'll have better luck!
Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the final film in the Twilight saga, will wrap up the Bella-Edward-Jacob love triangle, and determine the fate of the vampires and werewolves, once and for all. But it's seeing Bella as a vampire that's really got fans excited. (Impatient fans can go here for a sneak peek.)
The funny thing is that what's happening to Bella on screen seems to mirror what's going on with Kristen Stewart in real life. Not the bloodsucking and werewolf battles, obviously. But Stewart has emerged this year as a more confident and sophisticated actress, doing her own sword fighting in Snow White and the Huntsman and her own nude scenes in On the Road. She's also gotten bolder off screen, making out with Pattinson at a camera-filled Cannes party on Wednesday night. (Remember when they wouldn't even hold hands in public?) Bella has changed, Kristen has changed with her -- and Rob seems to be loving it.
Breaking Dawn Part 2 hits theaters on Nov. 16.