First Official Pic From Twilight

Here be vampires. Sexy vampires.

We occasionaly get emails from readers asking why we haven't covered a particular film or news story. Often it's because we haven't run a pirated or leaked trailer – we don't do that, boo piracy! – but recently we've had a number of furious questioning missives asking why we've run nothing on the movie Twilight.

The short answer is: it's not a project that had particular recognition for us and the recently released featurettes wouldn't play for users outside the US, so we couldn't watch them. But now we realise that there are a lot of people who are really excited by this movie. So, we know that those people will be very keen to see the first official cast photo from the film, which Cinematical has here (the previous photos were leaked tests).

For those, like us, to whom Twilight is an unknown quantity, the film is based on a very successful series of horror-romance novels by Stephanie Meyer. They tell of Bella Swan, a teenage girl who moves to Washington with her mother and her mother's new husband and finds herself drawn to a mysterious boy, as teenage girls are wont to do. Turns out he's a vampire, but a 'vegetarian' one who only drinks animal blood. They get the warm and squishies for each other and team-up to thwart a band of evil vampires who want to sup of Bella's neck.

The film is being directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen) and features a cast including Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory from Harry Potter) and Nikki Reed. Recently it's become one of the most searched films on IMDb, despite the lack of big names, so this could be absolutely enormous.

Please rest assured readers. We will report on any major Twilight news from now on. So please desist in the angry emails. They're mean.