Michael Sheen to Play Aro!

Apr 11th, 2009 | By | Category: Featured Articles, Movie News

DailyMail.co.uk is reporting…

“Now actor Michael Sheen is set to return to the realm of the firmly fictional after agreeing to play a vampire in the sequel to the blockbuster film Twilight.

Sheen, 40, who made his name with uncannily realistic portrayals of well-known figures in Oscar-winning films The Queen, Frost/Nixon and The Damned United, will get his biggest pay cheque yet, a reported £5million, to star in New Moon.”

The article goes on to say…

“In New Moon, Sheen will play Aro, the leader of an Italian vampire clan called the Volturi.

Director Chris Weitz confirmed Sheen’s casting to The Mail on Sunday and said he had ‘aggressively’ pursued the actor.

‘Michael’s role is so important because he’s the head of all vampires,’ he said. ‘Aro is, on the surface, a very gracious and friendly vampire, but beneath that he is a tremendous threat.’”

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43 Comments to “Michael Sheen to Play Aro!”

  1. Elle says:

    Oh…not quite right in my mind but that’s okay. If Chris think’s he’s good I’ll trust him.

  2. Elle says:

    Hmm in the space of two minutes I’ve reconsidered. Looking at some of his IMDB photos he does have a very Classical Italian face. Like the statue of David. Especially with the curly hair.

  3. Amanda says:

    OH MY GAWD i loved him in underworld!
    he so hot! and hes a great actor!

  4. Sandi says:

    Great! Looks like this film is being taken more seriously than Twilight. It’s going to be a fantastic movie!! Or at the very least better.

    Dallas, TX USA

  5. olindaa :) says:

    i didn’t picture aro like him… but well..
    we have to see the movie and judge

  6. ANG says:

    hes a good actor, he will do a great Aro. But, dear GOD 5 mill just for new moon? @_@ Aro is in a couple of chapters at the end, then at a few parts in eclipse. Seems like a ton of money for a bit part, i certenly wouldnt call it a leading role.

  7. ANG says:

    er not eclipse, i ment breaking dawn DUH lol

  8. Emmet's Girl says:

    Oh, I LOVE him! He’ll make a great Aro.

  9. TwilightGirl says:

    uhhhhhh, okay, I didn’t picture Aro to look like that AT ALL! If they’d cast Gary Oldman as Aro he’d be perfect!! Who knows, maybe he will be a good Aro…

  10. Tori says:

    Oh my gosh! They are going to end up spending more money on paying the actors than they are going to on the actual movie! I still think that they should put another 10 million or so to the movie budget. Seriously being cheep for twilight worked out ok but it’s really going to be difficult for them to make cheep werewolves look good!

  11. Michele Celine says:

    Thats so cool! I’m really getting pumped for this movie!

  12. Melissa says:

    yay! he was AMAZING in the last Underworld movie! I am so glad they cast him!!!

  13. haylie says:

    i think hes perfect.

  14. laura h says:

    i think he’l be a good choice. he’s a very good actor and i love the added brit factor new moon is getting, lol!

  15. michelle says:

    definately not my choice for aro, i pictured him kinda more elf like with very dark features,…

  16. Bea says:

    oh coolio.

  17. alice says:

    haha i was thinking gary oldman too… but i am liking this guy, he seems like he has the right look if u see some pictures online and if chris thinks hes a good actor then i am all for him!

  18. Mikayla says:

    Erm… Definitely NOT how I pictures Aro… At all… But we’ll just have to see by the movie.

  19. Sia says:

    He’s a great actor and I LOVED ALL THIS MOVIES AND THAT’S good enough for me and should be for the fandom !

  20. Bailey says:

    OMG PERFECT!!!!!! he looks so nice and caring but you can tell that isnt all the story that he is pure evil i am so freaking excited for this movie now it isnt even funny!

  21. Melissa (melissaturkey) says:

    I love him, so far I like all their choices for the volturi, not sure about the wolves….but I like what they have all around.

  22. Cedar says:

    Cool! 😀

  23. Meg says:

    I have to see a wig on him before I can judge. He seems fine.

  24. Dawn says:


  25. Rachel C. says:

    eeehhhhh ugh. no. i don’t like him for the role..

  26. Olivia says:

    mmmmmmmm eh… I can see it… *shrugs* He’ll do great.

  27. Jen says:

    He was never married to Kate Beckinsale, they have a kid though. She is however married the director of underworld len wiseman.

  28. Skye says:

    This I can understand. Nice casting, for once.

  29. Jasmine says:

    With his hair done and makeup, I think he’ll be a perfect Aro!

    Jazz (Team Cullen!)

  30. hannah says:

    i dont know…

  31. Judith Akufo says:

    This is great, New Moon is sure to be a hit with powerhouse actors like this, he was beyond amazing in Frost Nixon and he can definitely pull of the phony nice guy act Aro has. Loved Catherine, but I think she didn’t work hard enough to pull the best performances out of the actors, Rob’s accent slipped too many times, and him and Kristen looked so awkward in most of the scenes I think Chis is meticulous and watches for little mistakes.

  32. Nilo says:

    He’s a great actor, I really enjoyed his performance in Underworld and think he’ll make an excellent Aro. I originally had pictured a Bill Nighy (Underworld, Pirates of the Carribean) type for Aro (refined yet deadly) but I can certainly see Michael pulling off the part quite effectively.

    I’m looking forward to how Weitz brings New Moon to life. I thought Golden Compass was visually stunning and hope he brings a similar visual adaptation to New Moon, although I was very disappointed with the resolution…or lack thereof, in Golden Compass. I certainly hope Weitz stays truer to Stephenie Meyer’s story than he did Pullman’s.

  33. ylena says:

    uhhh… not quite what i expected… but i guess if u really think about it he could be aro. i just hope he sticks to the book and doesn mess it up the movie (no effense meant).

  34. bellamarieswan says:

    I don’t really think so. but lets wait and see in the movie

  35. jodie says:

    ARRGGHH!! Micheal Sheen is one of my favourite actors so i’m so happy he got the part of Aro, i think he will be great, he’s such a great actor and i think he’ll pull of the nice yet deadly way that Stephenie Meyer has written Aro. i kinda hope they (aro, marcus, caius) dont put on fake italian accents, i think as there are already two brits (woooo!!!) playing the volturi leaders that they should keep the british accents as even though i’m a brit myself i still think that our accents can quite easily sound malicious at times if delivered a certain way. i love catherine hardwicke and i adore her film adaptation of twilight but i think that Chris Wietz is gonna do a great job on new moon, i just hope he sticks to the book and i would love him to make it as visually dynamic as golden compass. i really cant wait to see new moon, i even have a count down on my igoogle.

  36. my-personal-brand-of-heroin says:

    hmmmm im not sure
    hes a good enough actor but i seriously did not picture aro like that but i will reserve full judgement till i see him in costume
    however some one suggested alex o’loughlin on ew was how they pictured aro and i totally agree
    he would have been perfect!
    and he played a vampire in moonlight…
    a vampire who fell in love with a human girl but refused to change her… familiar anyone?

  37. Renata says:

    Not what i thought, but im okay with it!

  38. Dawn says:

    I think that he will be Great!…he’s not an IN YOUR FACE Hollywood actor,…… he has the face of Aro already…. SNEAKY… VERRRRRRY SNEAKY!!!…….ooooooohhhh gives me the chillie willie already!!!!

  39. Avee says:

    He is a very good actor, very versatile. Some people are commenting on whether he looks the part or not. That is important, but I think it’s more important that that he be able to act and make us believe that he is Aro. His past rule are very diverse, so i think he will do a good job.

  40. marisa says:

    I like him! He is great for the role as Aro!

  41. Halle says:

    you know what !!!! thisa is amazing cuz i was just thinking about him being aro, he read my mind. He was really great in underworld he can play a really dark character

  42. matts says:

    Michael Sheen is AWESOME! I LOVED him in Underworld and hoped they would cast him to be part of the Volturi. I pictured Aro around the same age as Dr Carlislle as I read the books so he is perfect. Just because Chris sought after him I now trust Chris 200% to make New Moon fabulous!! Michael Sheen is so versatile and mega-talented!! Thanks Chris!! I cant wait to see what they make him look like!

  43. GO SHEEN!! says:

    Michael Sheen is AWESOME! I LOVED him in Underworld and hoped they would cast him to be part of the Volturi. I pictured Aro around the same age as Dr Carlislle as I read the books~ so he is perfect. Just because Chris sought after him, I now trust Chris 200% to make New Moon fabulous!! Michael Sheen is so versatile and mega-talented!! Thanks Chris!! I cant wait to see what they make him look like!

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