Back when Stephenie Meyer‘s hit Twilight series was first being adapted for the big screen, the author had some pretty big ideas for who should be cast. From Oscar winning actors to Full House megastars, she was aiming high. “My opinions on the movie matters to no one,” she wrote on her website. “[But] just because no one cares about my opinions, doesn’t mean I don’t have them.” A girl can dream, right? So she shared her ideal Bella, Edward, Jacob, and more — and even debated some of the fans’ most popular ideas. Watch the video above to see the author’s original vision for the film.
Funnily enough, some of the movie’s actual stars did come up in conversation — like Robert Pattinson himself. Stephenie listed him as the second most popular fan suggestion for Edward, but it’s worth noting he didn’t make it into her favorite fan suggestions. Funnily enough, Jackson Rathbone — aka the guy who went on to play Jackson Hale — did make the cut. The actor the author liked for Emmett, Daniel Cudmore, also ended up as part of the official Twilight cast. He played Felix, a similarly huge member of the Volturi, in New Moon, Eclipse, and both parts of Breaking Dawn.
Luckily, it seems like Rob and Kristen Stewart both grew on Stephenie over time, and she hopped right on board. “I’m very excited to have Kristen Stewart play Bella,” she wrote after the official news. “She’s an amazing actress with experience all across the board — action, horror, comedy, romance, and more. Since Twilight has moments that fit into every one of these genres, I’m thrilled to have a Bella who has practice with them all.” And she showed R.Pattz some love, too: “There are very few actors who can look both dangerous and beautiful at the same time, and even fewer who I can picture in my head as Edward. Robert Pattinson is going to be amazing.” We’re so glad the cast came together the way it did since it’s hard to imagine anyone else bringing these characters to life. The movies wouldn’t have been the same without them.