Michael Sheen, best known for playing the role of Lucian the werewolf (actually a lycan) in the Underworld movie series, has been officially confirmed in the cast of in the upcoming movie Twilight 2, aka New Moon. But this time he is going to play the role of a vampire as Aro, the leader of an Italian vampire clan called the Volturi.
Aro is one of three vampires who lead the Volturi. He is widely accepted as the overall leader of the Volturi. Aro is blessed with superhuman strength and speed, and has vastly enhanced senses. He also possesses the supernatural ability to read minds; his ability is far more powerful than even Edward Cullens’, as he is capable of hearing every thought a person has ever had. However, he requires physical contact to use this ability, and cannot read minds from a distance.
Summit Entertainment and Director Chris Weitz said that they had to chase Michael Sheen for him to sign on as Aro. Chris Weitz is quite glad to get this actor on board the New Moon movie, and highlights the importance of Sheen’s role:
So let’s hope that this actor will be really committed to the success of the Twilight Saga New Moon beyond his paycheck… I mean, Michael Sheen is a star but he has to show respect and modesty in front of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga. I suppose that Chris Weitz wants Michael Sheen in the cast in order the movie New Moon to appeal to a larger public.