The Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of the supernatural teen romance with a “watchalong” of the 2008 flick on Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, during which she approved of the host’s suggestions for an updated Bella and Edward.
Horowitz asked Hardwicke who she believes should portray the couple if the Twilight reboot would be made which was originally depicted by Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. He asked,
Is Jacob Elordi Edward Cullen today? Is Jenna Ortega…
Hardwicke agreed when the host suggested Elordi and Ortega, who are two of the hottest young stars in Hollywood right now.
“He’s amazing. He probably would be Edward today,” Hardwicke said of Elordi, who is currently enjoying a double header of success with starring roles in Sofia Coppola’s “Priscilla” and Emerald Fennell’s “Saltburn.”
As for who should play Bella, Hardwicke said it would have to be Ortega, who has made a name for herself both as a “Scream” queen and as the star of Netflix’s “Wednesday” — though Ortega just announced that she won’t be appearing in “Scream 7” due to scheduling conflicts.
The 2008 film’s director also discussed the future of the franchise — which is based on Stephenie Meyer’s fantasy novels of the same name — given the news that a Twilight series is reportedly in the works at Lionsgate TV, Variety reported in April.
The Thirteen director said that she would love to take the beloved saga in a completely different direction. “For me, it would be fun to do Twilight in outer space,” she revealed. “I would be ecstatic to do that, something totally different.”