'Twilight' to film one or two days in LaPush

By Paige Dickerson, Peninsula Daily News

LAPUSH One or two days of filming of the upcoming movie "Twilight" will take place at First Beach in LaPush in the next several weeks, its studio announced.

The schedule of exactly when has not been established yet by the studio, Summit Entertainment.

"Twilight" is based on a series of books by Arizona writer Stephenie Meyer, who set them in Forks.

The series follows the adventures of a 17-year-old girl, Bella Swan, who moves to Forks to live with her police chief dad, Charlie.

It is in Forks that she meets and falls in love with the dazzling and enigmatic Edward Cullen, who she later discovers is also a vampire.

One of the critical scenes involves a Quileute teen, Jacob Black, telling Bella of the legends of "the cold ones" or vampires thus exposing Edward as a vampire.

That scene takes place at a party at First Beach.

The teen actor set to play Jacob is Taylor Lautner, who recently starred in "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl."

"Twilight" will star Kristin Stewart as Bella and Robert Pattinson as Edward in the lead roles.

The scenes in LaPush include both Bella and Jacob, but Edward is not part of those scenes.

Director Catherine Hardwicke was in Forks and LaPush in late January. She made test shots of First Beach at that time.

Filming began in Portland, Ore., on Feb. 25 and is expected to last about 50 days, said Peter Silberman, unit publicist for the film.

Forks was ruled out for major scenes, but some exterior shots of buildings could end up in the movie.

The Forks Police Department has been asked for its badges, uniforms and details on their weapons to maintain authenticity in the movie and in particular Charlie's uniform, Mayor Nedra Reed has said.

Most of the Forks High School scenes will be shot at Kalama High School, about 40 miles from Portland, Ore., in Washington state.

Kalama's large brick building bears a resemblance to Forks High School, although it is larger than the school building in Forks.

The majority of the film is being shot in the Portland metro area.

The book Twilight has been followed by two sequels, New Moon and Eclipse.

The fourth book Breaking Dawn will be released on Aug. 2.

Meyer has said on her Web site www.stepheniemeyer.com that Breaking Dawn will be the final installment of the series.

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Reporter Paige Dickerson can be reached at 360-417-3535 or paige.dickerson@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: March 09. 2008 9:00PM
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