PREVIEW: Thousands of screaming fans lined the black carpet late on Monday in Los Angeles for the final Twilight film premiere as the cast of Breaking Dawn - Part 2 bid farewell to the franchise and its loyal followers.
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and other cast members greeted fans known as "Twi-hards", many of whom had camped out for days in downtown Los Angeles to catch a glimpse of their favourite actors and see the film before its release in theatres.
Breaking Dawn - Part 2 sees the love story of human Bella Swan (Stewart), vampire Edward Cullen (Pattinson) and werewolf Jacob Black (Lautner) come to a tantalising end, in which Bella and Edward are forced to protect their child from an ancient vampire coven.
Stewart, who was finally able to embrace her wild side by playing Bella as a vampire, hoped people would enjoy the ultimate transformation of her character in the film.
More than 2200 fans from around the world camped out on a concrete plaza in downtown Los Angeles last week, where Twilight movie studio Summit held marathon screenings of the previous movies.
All of the film's main actors spent time signing autographs and posing for photographs with the loyal fans who had camped out for five days in chilly November weather.
Pattinson said he hoped they would like the franchise's swansong.
Lautner said he'd be sad to say goodbye to the films and his character, and hoped fans would be happy with the conclusion of the final film.
"I'm feeling fantastic, sad, emotional, there's a lot of things going on inside of me right now but I'm just trying to soak up every moment because this means the world to me," Lautner said.
The three lead stars were joined by fellow cast members including Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Michael Sheen and Dakota Fanning, as well as director Bill Condon and author Stephenie Meyer, whose Twilight novels kicked off the franchise and phenomenon.
Meyer said she would miss watching the three lead cast members evolve as actors and characters in the films.
"It's really been great to watch them grow up, particularly Kristen, because her character gets to evolve so much in this film, and to watch her be all-powerful and really get to where the character was always meant to go, to be the fiercest of the fierce, was really rewarding for me," the author said.
- Manawatu Standard