Xavier Samuel

An unknown Australian actor has landed a big-time gig: Xavier Samuel has been cast in Eclipse, the third film in the Twilight series, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Samuel, 25, will play Riley, a good-looking college student/newborn vampire who gets corrupted by villain Victoria and joins her scheme to murder Bella (Kristen Stewart).

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Samuel has appeared in a number of Aussie films, but Eclipse marks his U.S. debut. The film starts production next month and is slated for a June 30, 2010 release.