Here is the whole family. Esme is played by the girl who played the Jane Doe character "Ava" on Grey's Anatomy, Elizabeth Reaser. And Carlisle is played by Peter Facinelli, who I'd say is probably the most famous of this cast. He is married in real life to Jennie Garth (Kelly of 90210 fame, who by the way was my dance teacher when I was in fifth grade, my only claim to fame). I think the two of them will do a good job as the head of the Cullen family. And Bella, is played by this actress, Kristen Stewart, whom I don't recognize, but looks somewhat Bellaish, except I think she looks a little too old for the part.
Of the actor choices Stephenie Meyer, who seems happy with all that is going on with the film, has this to say:
"For every actress that has been suggested as Bella in the past few years, there are always a slew of critics that cry, "But she doesn't look like Bella!" (Which can often be translated thusly: "She doesn't look like ME!") To this I would like to say: "Of course she doesn't!" Bella is a fictional character, and she looks different to everyone. As is the same with every actor who will be cast in the next few months, no one is going to match up with your mental picture exactly—or mine. The thing to hope for is a really great actor who can make us believe she is Bella (or Alice or so forth) for roughly two hours. I think we've got that with Kristen Stewart, and I can't wait to see her step into the role!"
So what I really want to know is, what do you think? Am I being too hard on these poor, beautiful vampires? Is Edward what you'd pictured him to be?