Frost/Nixon star Michael Sheen is set to star as a bloodsucking vampire in the highly anticipated Twilight sequel.
Sheen has agreed to take on a prominent role alongside fellow Brit Robert Pattinson in New Moon, director Chris Weitz has revealed.
He will play the character Aro -- the leader of an Italian vampire clan called the Volturi.
Weitz says, "Michael’s role is so important because he’s the head of all vampires. Aro is, on the surface, a very gracious and friendly vampire, but beneath that he is a tremendous threat."
Sheen will reportedly receive $7.3 million for taking on the role.
Filming on New Moon is scheduled to begin in Italy this spring.
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