05/28/2009 at 02:40 PM EDT
During the months Twilight: The New Moon Saga
was filming in Vancouver, the franchise's fans eagerly trailed the film's star Robert Pattinson
around town in hopes of a glimpse of him in the flesh.
Though fans were scarcely rewarded due to the often closed set (as well as the cast's tendency to keep a low-profile in hopes of escaping fandemonium), photos of a shirtless Pattinson in Montepulciano, Italy, that surfaced Wednesday proved the wait was well worth it.
The images, which depict scenes in New Moon
when Edward Cullen has gone to Italy to visit the formidable Volturi vampires with a death wish, show off Pattinson's washboard abs. He is also wearing dots on his face and body, which are used to create the visual effect of his skin glittering in the sun when seen on film.
One fan named Sarah W. on Twilighters.org gushed in reaction, "OMG! I just fainted! The most beautiful day of my life!"
Another named Lexi commented, "I think I have to restart my heart. I'm shaking in amazement. I really actually can't wait for New Moon
Unfortunately, she'll have to wait: The film isn't due for release until November 2009. But fans can get a first glimpse of the movie on Sunday: A trailer will be shown during the MTV Movie Awards and posted at 10:45 p.m. ET on MySpace.com