Vanessa Hudgens Unlikely to Join New Moon Cast
02/02/2009 AT 09:45 AM EST
"I'm not sure about [final] casting but I had heard Vanessa Hudgens was going up for the part of Leah [Clearwater, a werewolf]," screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who wrote both films, explained to PEOPLE at the 61st Annual Directors Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles Saturday night. "But at the moment, the part of Leah doesn't happen until the third movie."
See? It's nothing personal. Plus, reps have denied Hudgens was in consideration for the role.
Rosenberg also offered a few other insider tidbits about the progress of New Moon. "Well, you know Taylor Lautner will be back as Jacob Black. I can tell you the original cast will all be coming back. They're on set right now, in Vancouver! They're all up there prepping the movie to start shooting very soon."
As for other changes in the next installment, Rosenberg said she expected new director Chris Weitz – who replaced the first film's director, Catherine Hardwicke – to put his expertise and imprint on the second film.
"Chris Weitz directed The Golden Compass, which was a beautiful-looking film," Rosenberg said. "And I think it's wonderful we have someone who has worked with CGI animals ... that will be a big part of New Moon. I'm delighted we have someone who's so expert at that."