After months of speculation, it was finally confirmed last week that Robert Pattinson would be joining the cast of Twilight’s final instalment, Breaking Dawn.

The British actor is set to appear in the fantasy epic alongside co-stars Kirsten Stewart and Ashley Greene. Although there are no official details regarding his character, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding his involvement in the franchise. Some have even suggested that he could be playing a pivotal role in the finale.

Here, we examine the potential impact that Pattinson could have on the Twilight series.

A Twilighty Finale

Breaking Dawn is, without a doubt, the most anticipated movie of the year. The final installment of the Twilight Saga is not only the conclusion of a beloved series, it is also the culmination of years of anticipation from fans who have been clamouring for a glimpse at the very final chapter.

For months, it has been assumed that Robert Pattinson would be making a cameo appearance in the film or, at the very least, sharing screen space with the on-screen couple, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. While his casting was initially met with scepticism by some, his involvement has since been confirmed so it would be a waste of time and effort to speculate on his character.

Pattinson’s casting in the movie will undoubtedly prove to be a controversial move. As a veteran of both the movie and music industries who has graced our TV screens in the past and is still recognised as one of the world’s most popular and attractive stars, his presence in Breaking Dawn will no doubt be divisive.

The inclusion of Rob Pattinson in the Twilight Saga is bound to cause a stir.

While the actor’s involvement will certainly not be for the faint-hearted, it must be remembered that he is the culmination of years of hard-work and dedication from the franchise’s legions of diehard fans who have been waiting patiently for this day to come. In addition to this, it is also the exciting conclusion to a story that began with Twilight and continues with the birth of its spin-offs, New Moon and Eclipse. Finally, it is the culmination of a five-year partnership between Summit and Lionsgate, the studio behind the Twilight series, which was cemented when they agreed to reboot the franchise.

With all of this in mind, there is every reason to believe that Rob Pattinson’s involvement in the Twilight Saga is not a case of ‘no surprises’ but rather ‘big surprises’. His casting will undoubtedly be one of the biggest talking points of the entire franchise and, whilst it will be great to have him join the cast as a cameo appearance, it is anyone’s guess as to how much screen time he will actually get.

Pattinson’s Influence

If there’s one thing that the Twilight Saga has demonstrated time and time again, it is its ability to influence popular culture. Whilst the movie was initially released five years ago, it continues to have a huge impact on contemporary debates regarding relationships and sexual identity. One need only to look at the recent phenomenally successful Twilight franchise – in the form of its books, toys, games and apparel – to see the direct influence that the movies have had on younger generations.

The books and the various merchandise based on them have kept the series very much alive since the first movie was released. Whilst the last four books in the series are certainly not flawless, they have maintained the popularity of the franchise by providing a steady stream of content for fans to engage with. And fans have certainly not been slow to react, with global sales of the Twilight Saga hitting the five-figure mark for every book in the series and their movie homages proving to be hot commodities on the secondary market.

In keeping with this tradition, one of the most interesting aspects of Pattinson’s casting is not what he will actually be doing in the film, but rather what effect his involvement will have on the overall direction of the series. Summit and Lionsgate have been careful to keep a lid on rumours regarding the film’s plot, with only a few details officially revealed – mostly due to legal concerns – but there has been no doubt that this will be a grandslam finale to end all finales. And what a finale it will be!

The addition of a major Hollywood A-list star to the Twilight Saga will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the film. Whether he will live up to the fame or notoriety that he has acquired over the years remains to be seen, but his inclusion in the series will certainly add a high-profile and glamorous element to the franchise. And that, in a nutshell, is exactly what the Twilight Saga is about. With Twilight, Pattinson will be graceing the big screen for the very last time, but his influence – good or bad – will continue to resonate long after the final credits have rolled.