The first installment will be released on the originally announced date of November 18, 2011. The second film's release date has yet to be announced. The production of both films will happen simultaneously and is expected to last four to five months, starting in the late fall.
Oscar winning director Bill Condon – best known for writing and directing Gods and Monsters, Chicago and Dreamgirls – will be directing both films. And stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner are of course back. However, it has not been confirmed whether Dakota Fanning (as Jane) and Michael Sheen (as Aro) will reprise their roles. And despite graphic scenes in the novel involving sex and childbirth, the film adaptations will have a PG-13 rating.
The biggest question now is where in the story the first film will end and the second film begin. Fans will surely start speculating as they wait in line to see Eclipse, which hits theaters June 30.