07/17/2009 at 03:00 PM EDT
Note to Xavier Samuel: Get some really good ear plugs.
The Australian actor, 24, is joining the cast of Eclipse
, the third film in the extremely popular Twilight
franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter
Samuel is set to play Riley – a good-looking vampire (are there any other kind?) – who joins the villain Victoria in a plot to kill Bella, played by Kristen Stewart
. This is his first U.S. role.
Filming for Eclipse
is set to begin in Vancouver next month with director David Slade at the helm. – Michelle Tan